AARP commissioned a nationwide survey of people aged 45 and older directly after a presidential address on health care reform to a joint session of Congress on September 9, 2009.
The survey found that:
• Seventy percent of respondents said they had at least some questions or concerns about what was being proposed by either party with regard to health care reform. This includes 77 percent of Independents.
• Of those who had questions and concerns prior to the address, nearly three-quarters said that their questions and concerns were talked about or addressed during the speech. This includes 72 percent of Independents.
• Nearly seven in ten of those who reported hearing their questions and concerns talked about or addressed said that they were supportive of the proposals being talked about related to health care. This includes 63 percent of Independents.
• For each political affiliation, a majority of respondents said that reform of the health care system should be a priority for political leaders to address in 2009. This includes 70 percent of Independents.
Woelfel Research Inc. conducted the telephone survey of 522 U.S. residents aged 45 and older who watched the presidential address on the evening of September 9, 2009, immediately after the address. For further information, contact Chuck Rainville at 202-434-6295. (6 pages)