Moffitt believes the answers people provide to pollsters might be different if they had that kind of context. "There are necessary trade-offs that are involved in health policy," he said, "but [those polled] don't know what the trade-offs entail."
For his part, Taylor said that the public's views on the Obama health care plan will undoubtedly change once they are held up to scrutiny in Congress and the media.
"Right now, we are getting positive responses to a concept and some language," he said. "But, of course, that could change once these ideas get out on the table and are discussed."
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SOURCES: Humphrey Taylor, chairman, The Harris Poll, Rochester, N.Y.; Bruce Auerbach, M.D., president, Massachusetts Medical Society, Waltham, Mass; Robert Moffitt, Ph.D., director, Center for Heath Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.; Harris Interactive/HealthDay Poll