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April 06, 2010 10:16 ET

American Pulse™: Half Worried About "What's Next" After Healthcare Reform

3 in 5 Americans Say Division Among Political Parties Worst They've Seen; President Obama Not Helping

COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - April 6, 2010) -  With the way President Obama and Congressional leaders passed healthcare reform, 52.4% of Americans are concerned about "what's next" to be pushed through, according to the latest American Pulse™ survey of 5,056 Americans. On the other hand, 30.9% aren't worried because it was a one-time thing.

With the way President Obama and Democratic Congressional leaders passed healthcare are you concerned about "what's next" to be pushed through?

    Adults 18+   Republicans   Democrats   Independents
Yes, it seems like they think they can do whatever they want regardless of the will of the people   52.4%   80.6%   30.7%   56.8%
No, I think it was a one-time thing for healthcare reform   30.9%   12.9%   49.6%   32.2%
I don't know   16.8%   6.4%   19.7%   11.0%

Source: American Pulse™, March-2010

Given the year-long battle between Democrats and Republicans over healthcare, it's no surprise that 61% of Americans say the division between political parties is the worst they've seen in their lifetime. Many believe President Obama isn't helping matters; 45% say President Obama's rhetoric isn't conducive to fostering bipartisanship in Washington (26.7% disagree).

Regarding the healthcare reform itself, 39.8% think it's unconstitutional; 35.4% believe it isn't.

Other key findings:

  • 57% say U.S. relations with Israel are somewhat/very important.
  • 40.2% think the Obama administration isn't doing enough to protect Americans from Iran's nuclear weapons program...27.2% say it is.
  • 58.4% doesn't support a soda tax... 32.6% disagree saying the government needs the money and it will help fight obesity.
  • 41.9% believe climate change is something that needs to be address this year... 40.8% say it isn't.
  • Americans picked right -- the highest percentage (41.9%) thought Duke would win the NCAA tournament.

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About American Pulse™
The American Pulse™ Survey is collected online by BIGresearch® every month exclusively utilizing Survey Sampling International's (SSI) U.S. panel covering topics such as politics, pop culture and the economy. Over 5,000 respondents participate, providing greater insights and accuracy of +/- 1%.

About Survey Sampling International (SSI)
Survey Sampling International is the premier global provider of sampling solutions for survey research. SSI offers access to more than 6 million consumer and business-to-business research respondents in 54 countries via Internet, telephone, and mobile. Additional client services include custom profiling, survey programming and hosting, data processing, sampling consulting, and survey optimization. SSI serves more than 1,800 marketing research clients, including nearly three-quarters of the top researchers worldwide. Founded in 1977, SSI has an international staff of 400 people representing 50 countries and 36 languages. The company is based in Shelton, CT with 14 additional offices worldwide.

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