Views of Federal Health Care Coverage in the State of Texas

In the most recent survey by the ESRL, registered Texas voters were asked questions regarding federal health care coverage. The first question asked Texas citizens whether it was the responsibility of the federal government to provide health coverage to all Americans and the responses were almost equally divided. They were asked a follow-up question depending how they answered.

Federal Government Responsibility of Health Care Coverage

Do you think it is the responsibility of the federal government to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, or is that not the responsibility of the federal government?

Yes, government is responsible 45%

No, government is not responsible 48%

Don’t Know 5%

Refuse 1%

 

If the citizens of Texas believe the federal government is responsible for health care coverage, they were asked a following question about federal health insurance. Sixty percent of those respondents think health insurance should be provided through a single national health insurance system run by the government, and 35% think health insurance should continue to be provided through a mix of private insurance companies and government programs.

If respondents do not think the federal government is responsible for health care coverage, they were then asked a question about the federal government. Amongst those respondents, 68% think the government should continue programs like Medicare and Medicaid for seniors and the very poor. Thirty-two percent indicated that the government should not be involved in providing health insurance at all.

Federal Government Responsibility of Health Care Coverage

and Party Identification

When comparing if it is the responsibility of the federal government to make sure all Americans have health care coverage and party identification, 80% of Republicans do not think it is the government’s responsibility. On the contrary, most Democrats (75%) and Independents (58%) believe that it is. Texas voters who identify with a different party identification are somewhat divided on the issue.

Republican

Democrat Independent

Something Else

Yes

15%

75% 58%

47%

No

80%

16% 37%

52%

Don’t Know

5%

7% 4%

1%

Refuse

1%

2% 1%

0%

 

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From March 20 to April 13, 2017, ESRL employees and undergraduate students conducted interviews as part of a class project who were enrolled in Political Analysis, taught by Dr. Jared Perkins, and Introduction to American Government, taught by Dr. Sara Norman.

The employees and students called registered voters in the state of Texas and had 442 completed surveys. Interviews were administered on both landline (28%) and cell phones (72%). The margin of error was ±4.6 at the 95% confidence interval. The sample was weighted based on age from the 2015 population estimate obtained from the Texas Demographic Center

The codebook can be found here: ESRL Spring 2017 Survey.

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