Second poll shows LI divided on health reform

A poll by News 12 Long Island, Newsday and the Siena Research Institute finds most Long Islanders want health care fixed, but disagree on the best method.

According to the poll, 47 percent of Long Island residents support the proposed changes outlined by President Barack Obama, while 43 oppose them.

Nearly all Long Island residents, however, agree the cost of health care is important to them. Only 7 percent said cost wasn?t important. Most oppose the idea of a penalty for not having health insurance and more than half want government to keep out of health care, but 74 percent are in favor of a public option for those who can't afford insurance.

Many tell News 12, however, that the entire health care debate leaves them with more questions than answers.

A News 12-Hofstra University poll released last week showed 48 percent of Long Islanders oppose the president?s plan, while 45 percent favor it.

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