What the Future Holds for Children's Health Insurance


Mirroring the results of a May 2006 survey, new research conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for the United Way of California finds that California voters continue to show overwhelming support for providing all of California's children with comprehensive health insurance. The November survey also found that California voters think California can afford to cover all kids and believe it is a realistic goal.

A whopping eighty-one percent (81%) of voters support ensuring that all children in California have health insurance. These support levels remain statistically unchanged from the United Way's May 2006 survey (83% support).

When told that close to 1 million California children (out of 10 million) are uninsured, 67% of voters believe that covering all kids is a goal that is "realistic and doable."

67% of voters believe we can afford it and that covering all kids is "worth doing" even after informed of the potential cost. In fact, 62% of voters are willing to "personally contribute 11 dollars each year to ensure that every child in California has health insurance."

Support for covering all kids is strong across political and geographic lines. 93% of Democrats, 83% of Decline to State/Other and 66% of Republicans support providing health insurance to all California children.

Methodology

This report is based on a statewide survey of 900 likely California voters conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for United Way between November 8-13, 2006. The survey has a margin of error of +/- 3.3%.

Key Findings

  • California voters continue to overwhelmingly support solutions to cover all kids. They think California can afford it and believe it's a goal that is "realistic and doable."
  • A whopping eighty-one percent of voters support ensuring that all children in California have health insurance. These support levels remain statistically unchanged from the United Way's May 2006 survey.
  • Support for covering all kids is strong across political and geographic lines.
  • Voters prefer a shared solution that has both employers and employees contributing to ensure all kids have health insurance.

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