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Fewer Want Health Care Reform: Survey

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A tracking poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds a dip on several measures of public opinion on health care reform.

The number of Americans who said they personally would be better off if reform passes fell to 35% percent in December, down from 42% percent the month before. Meanwhile, 27% percent said they would be worse off, and 32% didn’t expect to see much of a difference.

The number saying the country would be better off if health care reform passes fell to 45%, from 54% in November. This compares to 31% who said the country would be worse off and 17% who saw no impact.

Public opinion in December looks similar to the breakout found in Kaiser’s poll in August, the last time the debate became so contentious, according to the foundation, in Menlo Park, Calif.

Despite the dip on some measures, 54% said it is more important than ever to pursue health reform now, while 41% said the country cannot afford it. Those proportions have remained fairly steady throughout the fall, though the gap between the majority who want reform now and those who don’t tightened this month, Kaiser points out.

The poll also found 79% of Americans said they were following health care discussions on Capitol Hill at least somewhat closely.