According to a recent statewide poll conducted for the United Way, voters in California strongly support ensuring all children have health insurance. Support is both broad and deep as voters of all ideologies and across the state support such a proposal. The high level of support for covering all kids is due to the fact that voters care a great deal about the issue, they believe the goal of covering every child is achievable, and they feel the state can afford it. We provide below an analysis of this statewide survey on children’s health care coverage.

Children’s Health Care Ranks as a Top Tier Issue. Currently, voters now list children’s health care as one of their highest priorities. Specifically, two-thirds (68%) of voters say they are extremely or very concerned about the issue, with 34% indicating they are extremely concerned. To put these findings in context, this issue closely matches the other top issues we tested in the poll, such as “the cost of health care and health insurance" (73%, 35% extremely concerned) and “the price of gas" (72%, 46% extremely concerned). Children’s health even ranked slightly ahead of education (67% extremely or very concerned), though this latter finding falls within the survey’s margin of error.

This survey tested issues and policy frameworks in more detail and found that children’s health care emerged at the front of the pack. Among a list of basic proposals, ensuring all children drew the most support and the poll found overwhelming support for it among voters.

From May 4-11, 2006, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research conducted a statewide survey by telephone among 800 likely California voters. The survey’s margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percent.

Key Findings

  • 83% of California voters support “ensuring every child has health insurance," including 59% who strongly favor this proposal
  • Support remains strong even when more details are provided, including cost.
  • There are four driving factors behind voters’ strong support for ensuring all children have health insurance: 1) Voters believe children’s health care is a priority; 2 ) voters support the core principle of such a proposal; 3) voters believe the goal is attainable;  and 4) The state can afford to do it