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Harris/Healthday Poll: Americans Split on Health Care Reform

Reducing Unemployment and Creating New Jobs are Considered Top Priorities

NORWALK, Connecticut, USA (February 11, 2010) - Half of Americans want some kind of health reform in the next two years. But nearly 40 percent say it would be a good thing if the legislation proposed by the Democrats and President Barack Obama never materializes. And one-quarter aren't sure if health reform would be good or bad for the country.

Those are just some of the findings in a just-released poll by Harris Interactive, one of the world's leading custom market research firms, and HealthDay, a leading producer and syndicator of health news.

What concerns all Americans more these days is reducing unemployment and creating new jobs. For Democrats, health reform came next (59 percent), and for Republicans preventing a terrorist attack in the United States (64 percent) took second place, the poll found.

"HealthDay and Harris Interactive teamed up in early 2009 to begin publishing a series of national polls, gauging the nation's attitude and receptivity to changes in health care, centering on proposals offered by the Obama administration," said Jeff Walsh, executive editor of HealthDay. "These results can be a valuable point of reference for policy-makers who have influence on legislation regarding America's health care."

Read the full report for all the details of this poll. The Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll surveyed 2,075 adults online February 3-5, 2010. HealthDay's news report is available here. Full data and methodology is available at Harris Interactive.

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About Harris Interactive

Harris Interactive is one of the world's leading custom market research firms, leveraging research, technology, and business acumen to transform relevant insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for the Harris Poll and for pioneering innovative research methodologies, Harris offers expertise in a wide range of industries including healthcare, technology, public affairs, energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail, restaurant, and consumer package goods. Serving clients in over 215 countries and territories through our North American, European, and Asian offices and a network of independent market research firms, Harris specializes in delivering research solutions that help us - and our clients - stay ahead of what's next. For more information, please visit


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