Thursday, August 13, 2009


According to this week's Rasmussen poll:
When it comes to health care decisions, 51% of the nation’s voters fear the federal government more than private insurance companies. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 41% hold the opposite view and fear the insurance companies more. Seven percent (7%) are not sure who they fear the most.

Among those who have insurance, 53% fear the government more than insurance companies while 39% take the opposite view. Those without insurance fear the insurance companies more.

Adults under 30 fear the insurance companies more while those in their 40s are evenly divided. However, a solid majority of those over 40 fear the government more.

These findings help explain fears by some of a government "takeover" of health care under the reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats.
Don Surber speculates on the results:
The liberal point of view is that we are subjects to the crown and that the state will take care of us.

The conservative point of view is that we are citizens and the state should mainly stay out of our way.

I found this interesting, "Most of those who attend church at least once a month fear the government more. Those who rarely or never attend church or religious services fear private insurance companies more."

Could it be that a belief in God trumps a belief in government -- or that government has replaced God in the lives of some people?
That would explain the religious fervor of this Craigslist ad, which validates Iowahawk's brilliant parody.

(via Lucianne)

1 comment:

Assistant Village Idiot said...

I think that connection is meaningful. Churchgoers can still be people who want the government to do things. The nonreligious are likely find other gods for themselves, though they disguise the fact from themselves. I don't imagine it's all of them, but more than think so.