Do health reform polls clarify or confuse the public?J Am Health Policy. 1994 May-Jun; 4(3):38-41.JA
No wonder Americans are confused about which health reform proposal would best solve the country's needs. Many opinion polls conducted this year by the major news networks have focused on the public's approval of specific elements in the Clinton health plan, while ignoring its perception of the problem and alternative solutions. For polls to offer useful information to policymakers, pollsters must determine what the public wants, what it knows, and what paths it favors to reach those goals.