Research 2000 Washington Poll

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    The Research 2000 Washington Poll was conducted for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Democracy for America and Credo Action from February 18 through February 20, 2010. A total of 600 likely general election voters in 2010 were interviewed statewide by telephone.

    Those interviewed were selected by the random variation of the last four digits of telephone numbers. A cross-section of exchanges was utilized in order to ensure an accurate reflection of the state. Quotas were assigned to reflect the voter registration of distribution by county.

    The margin of error is 4%.

    (Research 2000 also does polling for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Lexington Herald-Leader, Fort Wayne News Sentinel, South Bend Tribune, and Reno Gazette-Journal, and dozens of other media outlets.)


    Men: 287 (48%)
    Women: 313 (52%)
    Democrats: 209 (35%)
    Republicans: 158 (26%)
    Independents/Other: 233 (39%)
    Obama Voters: 337 (56%)


    • 65% support the public option, only 38% support current Senate bill without public option.
    • By 61% to 25%, Independent voters favor bill with public option over bipartisan bill.
    • By 8 to 1, Independent voters more likely to vote for Patty Murray if she fights for and wins public option.
    • By 7 to 1, Independent voters want Maria Cantwell to fight harder for the public option.
    • Over 75% of Independents in Washington support reconciliation on a good bill.
    • By 5 to 1 Washington voters want Senators Cantwell and Murray to fight for a public option in a reconciliation bill.
    QUESTION: Do you favor or oppose the health care reform bill passed in December by the U.S. Senate?
    ALL 38%55%7%
    MEN 34%60%6%
    WOMEN 42%50%8%
    DEMOCRATS 64%30%6%
    REPUBLICANS 7%87%6%
    INDEPENDENTS 36%56%8%
    DISTRICT 1 46%49%5%
    DISTRICT 2 42%50%8%
    DISTRICT 3 39%54%7%
    DISTRICT 4 15%73%12%
    DISTRICT 5 19%69%12%
    DISTRICT 6 42%51%7%
    DISTRICT 7 56%37%7%
    DISTRICT 8 41%56%3%
    DISTRICT 9 43%54%3%
    OBAMA VOTERS 53%37%10%
    QUESTION: Would you favor or oppose the national government offering everyone the choice of buying into a government administered health insurance plan -- something like the Medicare coverage that people 65 and older get -- that would compete with private health insurance plans?
    ALL 65%28%7%
    MEN 62%31%7%
    WOMEN 68%25%7%
    DEMOCRATS 87%7%6%
    REPUBLICANS 33%61%6%
    INDEPENDENTS 67%25%8%
    OBAMA VOTERS 79%11%10%
    DISTRICT 1 72%21%7%
    DISTRICT 2 68%22%10%
    DISTRICT 3 66%24%10%
    DISTRICT 4 47%49%4%
    DISTRICT 5 49%47%4%
    DISTRICT 6 67%23%10%
    DISTRICT 7 79%18%3%
    DISTRICT 8 66%25%9%
    DISTRICT 9 68%23%9%
    QUESTION: What do you believe private health insurance companies care about more: the health of patients, or making a profit?
    ALL 83%11%6%
    MEN 79%13%8%
    WOMEN 87%9%4%
    DEMOCRATS 90%5%5%
    REPUBLICANS 69%21%10%
    INDEPENDENTS 86%9%5%
    OBAMA VOTERS 83%8%9%
    QUESTION: Do you approve or disapprove of the job Senator Cantwell is doing on health care?
    ALL 47%43%10%
    MEN 43%47%10%
    WOMEN 51%39%10%
    DEMOCRATS 75%18%7%
    REPUBLICANS 13%73%14%
    INDEPENDENTS 46%45%9%
    OBAMA VOTERS 67%20%13%
    QUESTION: Months ago, Senator Cantwell endorsed creating a public health insurance option that competes head-to-head with private insurance. Recently, she has not spoken much about it. Do you think Cantwell should fight harder for the public option?
    ALL 46%9%45%
    MEN 43%10%47%
    WOMEN 49%8%43%
    DEMOCRATS 70%6%24%
    REPUBLICANS 12%17%71%
    INDEPENDENTS 48%7%45%
    OBAMA VOTERS 65%8%27%
    QUESTION: Would you be more or less likely to vote for Patty Murray this year if she fought for and WON a public health insurance option that competes head-to-head with private insurance, or would it have no real effect on your vote?
    ALL 43%6%51%
    MEN 40%7%53%
    WOMEN 46%5%49%
    DEMOCRATS 69%4%27%
    REPUBLICANS 6%11%83%
    INDEPENDENTS 45%5%50%
    OBAMA VOTERS 63%5%32%
    QUESTION: The White House has announced that they will soon propose a revised health care plan to Congress. If Patty Murray calls on the White House to include a public option in their plan, will that make you respect her more, respect her less, or no change?
    ALL 41%7%52%
    MEN 38%7%55%
    WOMEN 44%7%49%
    DEMOCRATS 66%4%30%
    REPUBLICANS 7%14%79%
    INDEPENDENTS 42%5%53%
    OBAMA VOTERS 59%9%32%
    QUESTION: What would make you more likely to vote for Democrats in the 2010 elections: If they pass health care reform that includes a public health insurance option but gets zero Republican votes OR if they pass health care reform without a public option but with some Republican votes?
    ALL 61%25%14%
    MEN 58%28%14%
    WOMEN 64%22%14%
    DEMOCRATS 89%5%6%
    REPUBLICANS 12%64%24%
    INDEPENDENTS 69%17%14%
    OBAMA VOTERS 80%8%12%
    QUESTION: What comes closer to the lesson you think Democrats should learn from the recent Senate election in Massachusetts, where the seat formerly held by Ted Kennedy was won by a Republican: "Voters want Democrats to slow down and try to do less." OR, "Voters are upset about the slow pace of change -- and will hold Democrats accountable if they refuse to use their power to fight special interests on behalf of regular people."
    ALL 56%23%21%
    MEN 53%25%22%
    WOMEN 59%21%20%
    DEMOCRATS 87%7%6%
    REPUBLICANS 10%54%36%
    INDEPENDENTS 60%17%23%
    OBAMA VOTERS 77%10%13%
    It's been widely reported that Democrats had well over a majority of the Senate committed to voting for a public health insurance option last year. But the public option was removed from consideration in an attempt to get a super-majority of 60 votes needed to overcome a Republican filibuster. Now, Senate Democrats will likely use a procedure called "reconciliation" -- which only needs a simple majority -- to pass the final elements of health care reform.

    QUESTION: If Senate Democrats use "reconciliation" to pass the final elements of health care reform with a simple majority, should Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell fight to include a public health insurance option in the bill?
    ALL 44%9%47%
    MEN 41%11%48%
    WOMEN 47%7%46%
    DEMOCRATS 67%6%27%
    REPUBLICANS 8%16%76%
    INDEPENDENTS 48%7%45%
    OBAMA VOTERS 62%9%29%
    QUESTION: If the Senate passes a health care reform bill that you consider to be beneficial to your family, would you object to the Senate's use of "reconciliation" rules to pass that bill with a majority vote, or not?
    ALL 65%25%10%
    MEN 63%26%11%
    WOMEN 67%24%9%
    DEMOCRATS 87%5%8%
    REPUBLICANS 18%67%15%
    INDEPENDENTS 76%15%9%
    OBAMA VOTERS 81%9%10%