Americans and Employer-Sponsored Health Care

by Matt Brownsword

Healthcare was a prominent topic at the most recent Democratic presidential debates. The conversation pitted the progressive, Medicare-for-all solution proposed by Senators Kamala Harris, among others, against the moderate, “build on Obamacare” plan put forth by former Vice President Joe Biden.

Senator Harris offered the idea that “it’s time that (the United States) separate employers from the kind of healthcare people get,” citing a portion of the population who “stick to a job that they do not like … simply because they need the healthcare that that employer provides.”

Just how embedded is the health insurance system into the workforce? Seventy-two percent of workers say their employer offers health care benefits, and more than 80% of those whose employers offer insurance benefits, use those benefits, according to a poll released by Edison Research and Marketplace, which spanned a variety of topics about the workplace.

That relationship between employer and health insurance can be the strongest tie some have to their job: 15% of American workers said that their healthcare benefits were the most important reason they work at their current job. Among those who say their job is “just a job” as opposed to being “part of a career,” that number jumps to almost one quarter of workers saying their health benefits are the most important reasons they work at their current job. This corroborates Harris’ example of an American “(sticking) to a job that they do not like, where they are not prospering,” because of the healthcare their employer provides.

The healthcare debate is going to rage on from the first few crowded Democratic primary debates to the national conventions, with both parties saying they have the best plan to mend the health insurance system.  According to voters, the American healthcare system is sorely in need of reform, with 70% of 2018 voters saying that the health care system needs major changes according to the 2018 NEP exit poll, conducted by Edison Research.  While there is agreement among voters – Democrats and Republicans – that the system needs to be fixed, there is a wide range of opinions about how to fix it.

 

About Edison Research
Edison Research conducts survey research and provides strategic information in over 50 countries for clients including AMC Theatres, AMC Theatres, Amazon, Apple, The Brookings Institute, Facebook, The Gates Foundation, Google, the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau, Oracle, Pandora, The Pew Research Center, Samsung, Spotify, and SiriusXM Radio. Our national tracking study The Infinite Dial (in its 22nd year in the United States and now also conducted in four other countries), and the syndicated Share of Ear® are two of the most widely-cited studies in the audio space. Edison is also the leading podcast research company in the world and has conducted research for NPR, Slate, ESPN, PodcastOne, WNYC Studios, and many more companies in the podcasting space. Edison is also the leading provider of face-to-face consumer research.  Edison’s network of more than 20,000 experienced interviewers allows the company to conduct research in almost any location.  Since 2004, Edison Research has been the sole provider of Election Day data to the National Election Pool. For the 2020 U.S. elections, Edison will provide exit polls and will tabulate the national vote across every county in the United States for ABC News, CBS News, CNN, and NBC News.

U.S. Election Exit Poll Analysis: The Jewish Vote

Over the past several weeks the Jewish vote has been in the news in a fashion not discussed in years.  It is widely perceived that President Trump believes his policies and those of various prominent Democrats might push a greater portion of Jewish voters into the Republican column in 2020.

By the end of Election Night 2020 we will know if this has happened.  The 2020 Exit Polls, conducted by Edison Research for the National Election Pool, will inform the world how this group, and dozens of others, will have voted on election night.  These surveys will update a vital and long-standing record of voter understanding that simply would not exist otherwise.

To help us prepare for what we may see on Election Night 2020, let’s look at the historical record of the Jewish vote from the Exit Polls.

First, Jews only make up a small portion of the electorate.  Approximately 2% of all voters in 2016 were Jewish.  Only in New York, Washington DC and New Jersey will Jews typically make up even 5% of voters – and for the last many elections these have not been contested jurisdictions.  The only states whose outcomes are typically up for grabs and have over 2% of their population Jewish are Florida (approximately 3%), Nevada (2%) and Pennsylvania (2%).

For Trump, or any Republican, to get even half the Jewish vote would represent an enormous change in the historical trends.  As the nearby graph shows, Exit Polls dating back to 1972 have never shown the Republican candidate coming even close to parity – no Republican presidential candidate has ever gotten more than 39% of the vote.   President Carter was perceived by many as being unfriendly to Israel, but he still carried the Jewish vote in 1980 in an election he lost by ten percentage points.  President George H. W. Bush’s Chief of Staff James Baker was quoted making comments perceived to be unsympathetic to American Jews, and he suffered the worst outcome among Jews in any election since Exit Polls began.  Since the 1988 election no Republican candidate has come closer than 39 points.   The 2018 midterms were extremely unfriendly to Republicans among Jewish voters as well:

 

 

 

Regardless of policy decisions or other appeals from Republicans, the connection between Jewish voters and the Democratic Party is intertwined with the essential liberalism of the Jewish electorate.  For instance, in the 2016 Presidential election while only one-quarter of all voters considered themselves ‘liberal’, fully half of Jewish voters said they considered themselves liberal.

 

 

The National Election Pool’s Exit Polls, conducted by Edison Research, are the only exit polls conducted in the United States.  No other research surveys voters immediately after they leave their polling places and provides the verified viewpoints of actual voters.

About Edison Research
Edison Research conducts survey research and provides strategic information to a broad array of clients, including Activision, AMC Theatres, Disney, Dolby Laboratories, Google, Oracle, the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau, Pandora, Samsung, Siemens, Sony, The Gates Foundation, and Univision. Edison is the leading podcast research company in the world and has conducted research on the medium for NPR, Slate, ESPN, PodcastOne, WNYC Studios, and many more companies in the space. Another specialty for Edison is its work for media companies throughout the world, conducting research in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Edison is also the leading provider of consumer exit polling and has conducted face-to-face research in almost every imaginable venue. Since 2004, Edison Research has been the sole provider of Election Day data to the National Election Pool, conducting exit polls and collecting precinct vote returns to project and analyze results for every major presidential primary and general election.

Reuters Collaboration with National Election Pool using Edison Research Data

Reuters announces global distribution collaboration with Edison Research and the National Election Pool, expanding Edison Research’s position as the leading source for election results.  During the 2020 primaries and general elections, Reuters will use Edison Research as its exclusive provider of vote count and exit poll data. Reuters global distribution network will bring Edison Research election data to new clients both in the U.S. and worldwide.

Global news agency announces new collaboration with the National Election Pool (NEP), a consortium comprised of ABC News, CBS News, CNN and NBC News

-The NEP is the only organization to supply national and state exit polls in the United States with fast and accurate vote count, projections and analysis

-Election results available to billions worldwide through Reuters vast global network of clientsNEW YORK, JULY 22, 2019– Reuters announced today that its media customers will be able to access real-time 2020 U.S. presidential election results and exit polling via a first-ever global distribution collaboration with the National Election Pool (NEP) for the 2020 elections, with research conducted by Edison Research.

The National Election Pool, a consortium comprised of ABC News, CBS News, CNN and NBC News, works with Edison Research to provide accurate and timely nationwide vote tabulation, exit polls, election projections and delegate estimates. The NEP is the only organization to supply national and state exit polls in the U.S., with the only projections and comprehensive analysis based on the opinions of actual voters as they leave their polling places.

In a global distribution collaboration with the NEP in 2020, Reuters News Agency customers will be able to purchase fast and accurate vote count for critical contests nationwide throughout the year: From the 2020 Iowa caucuses, running through the entire presidential primary season and extending to all national, statewide and 435 House races in November. The vote count will be available by state, Congressional District and county.

Reuters News Agency customers will also have access to the NEP exit polls from more than 900 locations on election day in November 2020 as well as at hundreds of locations during the primary election season. These polls have long been the survey of record on U.S. voter sentiment in elections, providing real-time analysis of voting trends and preferences broken down by such characteristics as region, age, race and gender.

Reuters has a long history of covering U.S. elections, and is dedicated to providing fast, substantive and unbiased reporting from a diverse and experienced team of journalists. The addition of the NEP’s election results and exit polling adds to Reuters robust news offering on the 2020 election, including national and global multimedia coverage of everything from immigration to social issues to the environment, all reported with accuracy, independence and freedom from bias. Reuters will offer dynamic election coverage including:

“The NEP and Edison Research are the gold standard in precise nationwide election results and Reuters is proud to be a leading distributor of the results,” said Sue Brooks, Managing Director of Product Development and Agency Strategy at Reuters. “This groundbreaking collaboration with the NEP marks a significant development in Reuters offering around the world—the breadth and depth of information that we’ll be distributing as the US votes in 2020 will be unparalleled. We are committed to meeting all the content needs of our media customers, and the addition of election and exit poll results to our offering allows us to further deliver on that promise.”

“The National Election Pool is the definitive source for accurate, timely and comprehensive election data including vote tabulation, exit polls, election projections and delegate estimates,” said Dan Merkle, Executive Director of Elections at ABC News. “We are excited to be collaborating with Reuters, allowing us to expand the reach of our data worldwide.”

Reuters
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For more information on Reuters News Agency, visit: agency.reuters.com.

National Election Pool
The National Election Pool is a consortium comprised of ABC News, CBS News, CNN and NBC News, which works with Edison Research to provide accurate and timely nationwide vote tabulation, exit polls, election projections and delegate estimates. For more information about the NEP’s data click here

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Pre-election Polling in Ukraine

Photo: REUTERS / Vasily Fedosenko

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Ukrainians are most worried about the war in eastern Ukraine

56% of Ukrainians will definitely participate in the early elections to the Verkhovna Rada according to data from a poll conducted by Ukraine’s Segodnya television and U.S.-based Edison Research on the eve of special elections. The field research phase of the poll is being implemented by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology.

Respondents were asked the question, “What is the probability that you will go to vote?” Fifty-six percent of respondents said they will definitely vote, 27% will most likely vote, 4% will most likely not vote, 9% will not vote, and 4% gave no answer.

Respondents also indicated their leading motives in choosing a party: 36% said support for social and political initiatives of the party, 14% said support for the ideological foundations of the party, 12% said sympathy for the party leader, and 19% said support for the party’s foreign policy. Twenty-two percent gave no answer.

The leading party among the choices for Ukrainians is the “Servant of the People” (June 15, 2019 – 41.1% and June 20-24, 2019 – 44.9%).

The survey results also indicate that the Ukrainians are most concerned about the war in Eastern Ukraine (45%) and corruption in power (18%). Ukrainians are also worried about the welfare of the population (8%), tariffs (6%), quality of health care (5%) and unemployment (5%). Ukrainians are significantly less concerned about the revival of the Ukrainian nation (2%), the state of the environment (1%) and crime (1%). Five percent of respondents said this was difficult to answer.

Forty-six percent of Ukrainians believe that, in general, everything that is happening now in Ukraine is going in the right direction. Almost 29% of Ukrainians do not agree with this, and another 24% did not give an answer.

79.7% of Ukrainians have a positive opinion of the newly elected President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky.

The survey was conducted by Edison Research via telephone and in-person interviews in all regions ­­of Ukraine, except Crimea and the occupied part of the Donbass. For surveys conducted between June 15th and June 19th, 941 respondents were interviewed (886 by telephone, 55 personal interviews in villages. The margin of error does not exceed 3.2%). For interviews conducted between June 20th and June 24th, 970 respondents were interviewed (910 phones, 60 personal interviews in villages. The margin of error does not exceed 3.15%).

As reported, Segodnya on Ukraine TV is conducting this unique research project in collaboration with Edison Research, among whose clients are BBC, Apple, Google and CNN. As part of the project, the results of surveys on changes in the perception of Ukrainian current events and situations in the country are published at the Segodnya sites, the leader of the information space of the country.

Information on the methodology :

The study, conducted by Edison Research, commissioned by Segodnya, is representative of the population of Ukraine aged 18 years and older living throughout Ukraine, except for the occupied territories of Crimea and Donbass.

The study is conducted daily using a rolling, random sample. Data for several days are combined into a common database to obtain reliable information. The field research phase is conducted by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology.

This “quick study” (flash-poll) makes it possible to get an instant reaction of Ukrainians to events during the election campaign.

To improve the accuracy of data, mixed mode survey methodology is used, supplementing telephone survey data with personal interview data in villages (at a rate of 10% of the sample every day).

The study is conducted by Edison Research in full compliance with the company’s methodology and international research standards.

 About Segodnya :

Segodnya is an information platform combining essential news (6 daily news bulletins of Segodnya, Segodnya, and Results with Oleg Panyuta which are being broadcast on Ukraine), Segodnya newspaper, Segodnya.ua website and digital platform.

The total average monthly coverage of the Segodnya brand (TV + newspaper + Internet) among the 18+ audience is 26,100,000, which is 68% of the total population of Ukraine (18+) (without the occupied territories of Crimea and Donbass).

You can watch Segodnya every day on the “Ukraine” channel at 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 15:00, 19:00 and 23:00 h.

In 2018, the Segodnya TV issues were in the lead among the entire adult population of the country (18+). The share of the evening issues “Today” at 19:00 was 15.2%, “Today. Results with Oleg Panyu” – 17.8%. In total, nearly 32,000 stories were broadcast.

Segodnya recently reported that a new project, “Opposition”, was launched on channel Ukraine . Channel “Ukraine” was the leader of television viewing in May as well as all of 2019, and was also a leader in television viewing in 2017 and 2018. Read the most important and interesting news in Ukraine and in the world in Telegram.

 

Democrats: Worried Sick About Health Care

By Evan Amereihn

The first Democratic Presidential debates start tomorrow. With more than 20 candidates vying for office, each candidate is working to break through the pack, win over voters, and make it to the second debate. As candidates hone their messages, they would be wise to consider the issues that are most important to Americans. The 2018 NEP exit poll conducted by Edison Research points to at least one clear topic to focus on: health care.

According to the exit poll, health care was the most important issue facing the country in the 2018 general election. Four in ten voters said that health care was the number one issue for them in deciding for whom to vote. And when solely considering the Democratic primary electorate, candidates should be even more focused on health care, as 57% of Democrats said that it was the most important issue.

If that isn’t enough evidence, 70% of all voters (73% of Democrats) said health care needed major changes. At a time when Americans are divided on many issues, both Republicans and Democrats agree that health care needs to be addressed. If the candidates have been doing their research, they will come at this issue hard on the debate stage this week and they will compete to propose the most appealing plan not only to Democrats but also the Independents they will eventually need in open primaries and the general election. Health care is the issue (again) this year, so get ready to hear more about single-payer systems, prescription drug prices, insulin price caps, and other potential health care solutions.