Dorland Health Alert: Poll on Medicare, Medicaid Overhaul, by Emily Mullin

A new national poll released Wednesday shows that a majority of Americans oppose the controversial Republican budget plan to overhaul public health programs like Medicare and Medicaid. Most American voters also oppose efforts to repeal the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, according to the poll.

The poll was conducted by Washington, D.C.-based Anzalone-Liszt Research, a Democratic public opinion research firm, for the health care advocacy groups Herndon Alliance and Know Your Care.

Out of 800 likely 2012 voters polled, 38 percent said they support the GOP’s health care plan, introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., while 54 percent oppose it after hearing a “neutral description” of the plan’s proposed changes. Among seniors, opposition to the plan was 58 percent. “A lot of voters out there still need to know more before they take a strong position,” Jeff Liszt, a partner at Anzalone-Liszt Research, said during a phone briefing Wednesday.