The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

Government Support for Health Care 1956-1968

  '56 '58 '60 '62 '64 '66 '68
Help People Get Care 54
(949)
** 60
(1154)
61
(786)
50
(778)
** 52
(807)
Govt. Should Stay Out 26
(458)
** 20
(378)
24
(305)
28
(438)
** 27
(414)
Don't Know, No Interest 20
(351)
** 20
(386)
15
(192)
22
(347)
** 21
(332)
N 1758 0 1918 1283 1563 0 1553

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 4A.2.

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Question Text:

1956,1960: "'The government ought to help people get doctors and hospital care at low cost.'" (CARD WITH RESPONSE CHOICES SHOWN TO R)
1962: "'The government ought to help people get doctors and hospital care at low cost.' Do you have an opinion on this or not?" (IF YES:) "Do you agree that the government should do this or do you think the government should not do it?"
1964,1968: "Some say the government in Washington ought to help people get doctors and hospital care at low cost; others say the government should not get into this. Have you been interested enough in this to favor one side over the other?" (IF YES) "What is your position?"

Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Govt Help
Govt Should Stay Out
Don't Know, No Interest

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