Health Care: We took a lot of heat last month for a poll showing doctors overwhelmingly oppose Congress' proposed health care overhaul. Now, our latest poll shows average folks have no trouble understanding this.
As we noted, 65% of the 1,376 practicing physicians who responded to our national mail poll conducted Aug. 28 to Sept. 15 opposed Congress' health care proposals and just 33% said they approved.

That unleashed a flood of letters from supporters of nationalized health care calling us mostly unprintable names plus charges from a handful of mainstream media outlets suggesting our survey was intentionally biased.

Now comes our latest IBD/TIPP Poll of 927 Americans, taken Oct. 5-10, in which we asked average people whether they believed doctors supported or opposed health care reform.

The results were broadly similar, suggesting perhaps that average Americans are in fairly close sync with what their doctors actually believe — and may be getting an earful when they go in for their routine visits.

Of those we polled, 58% said they thought doctors would oppose health care reforms such as the Senate's $829 billion Baucus plan. Only 23% said they thought their doctors would support it. The Senate Finance Committee could vote on the Baucus bill as soon as Tuesday.

The poll also asked respondents to grade the media's coverage of the health care issue. A hefty 41% of those we asked called their performance "poor" or "unacceptable."Just 20% said the media were doing an "excellent" or even "good" job of covering the issue.

By school standards, that's 41% D's and F's, and 20% A's and B's — a failing grade by any measure.

The highest grades were issued by 18- to 24-year-olds, households with incomes under $30,000 and Democrats. The lowest came from 45- to 60-year-olds, over-$75,000 earners and Republicans.
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