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CBS News/New York Times Health Care Poll, August 18-22, 1991 (ICPSR 9862)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News; The New York Times


This survey, in addition to providing an ongoing evaluation of the Bush presidency, focused on several different facets of the national health care issue. Respondents were asked whether they approved of George Bush's handling of the presidency, foreign policy, and the economy. Relative to health care, respondents were asked whether health insurance should be required to be provided by employers or should be funded by tax money, whether a national health insurance plan costing an additional $1,000 a year in taxes would be an improvement, whether a national health care system should set rules about which patients could receive certain procedures, whether the cost of a national health care system should be split between employers and the government, and whether tax credits should be given for health insurance. Questions about the current health care system queried respondents on how satisfied they were with the current system, what single most important change in the system they would like to see, whether the United States was headed toward a crisis in health care, and whether they were satisfied with the quality and cost of their current health care. Concerning ways to reduce the cost of a national health care plan, respondents were asked whether they would be willing to go to clinics rather than to private doctors, wait longer for appointments, give up the right to sue for malpractice, or give up coverage of expensive procedures. In addition, respondents were asked which country in the world they thought did the best job of making sure people had affordable health care, whether they approved of the way George Bush was handling the problem of providing affordable health care for all Americans, and if they thought it was more likely that Bush or the Democrats in Congress would come up with a plan to provide affordable health care. Background information included respondents' attitudes and practices in the use of health care and whether they were without health care coverage within the last 12 months. They were also asked about the type and quality of their health care coverage, the amount of health care household members had received in the last 12 months, the cost of their health care coverage, and whether the cost of this health care had ever been a financial burden. Background information includes the respondent's voting habits in the 1988 presidential election, party affiliation, political orientation, attitude towards abortion, voter registration status, age, race, religion, education, household composition, employment status, and family income.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News/The New York Times. CBS NEWS/NEW YORK TIMES HEALTH CARE POLL, AUGUST 18-22, 1991. New York, NY: CBS News [producer], 1991. Ann Arbor MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09862.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09862.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush, George H.W., Foreign policy, health care, health care costs, health insurance, health policy, insurance coverage, national economy, presidential performance, public approval, public opinion

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1991-08-18--1991-08-22

Date of Collection:   

  • 1991-08-18--1991-08-22

Universe:    Adult population of the United States aged 18 and over, having telephones at home.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

A weight variable has been included that must be used in any analysis. Area codes, exchange codes, and telephone numbers have been recoded to "999" and names of respondents have been blanked for reasons of confidentiality.


Sample:    A variation of random digit dialing using primary sampling units (PSUs) was employed, consisting of blocks of 100 telephone numbers identical through the eighth digit and stratified by geographic region, area code, and size of place. Within households, respondents were selected using a method developed by Leslie Kish and modified by Charles Backstrom and Gerald Hursh (see Backstrom and Hursh, SURVEY RESEARCH [Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1963]).

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1993-02-12

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