10/20: More Americans Concerned About H1N1…Parents Worried

October 20, 2009 by  
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Flu season is upon us, and there is growing concern among Americans about contracting the H1N1 virus also known as “swine flu.”  51% of Americans report they are concerned that someone in their household will get the illness including 14% who are very concerned.  32% of residents are not very concerned about coming down with the virus, and an additional 17% are not concerned at all. ©istockphoto.com/zorani The proportion of Americans who are concerned has increased since Marist’s swine flu poll in early September.  At that time, 36% had some degree of worry about becoming... 

9/1: Off Guard…Concern About Swine Flu Low Among Americans

September 1, 2009 by  
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If public officials want Americans to take the possible dangers of the H1N1 virus commonly known as “swine flu” seriously, more needs to be done.  Nearly two-thirds of residents nationwide — 64% — are not very concerned or not concerned at all that someone in their household will contract swine flu.  This includes 29% of the overall population who are not concerned at all.  In fact, just 11% are very concerned, and 25% have some degree of worry. ©istockphoto.com/yesfoto Concerns divide along racial lines.  More African Americans and Latinos have some degree of worry compared... 

9/1: Swine Flu from “Ground Zero”

September 1, 2009 by  
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The swine flu outbreak began last spring when the first cases were reported at St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens, New York.  In an interview with the Marist Poll’s John Sparks, Assistant Principal Patrick McLaughlin recalls last April’s outbreak and addresses steps the school is taking this Fall to meet the threat of the swine flu epidemic.  Read the full interview below. Pat McLaughlin John Sparks One of the first incidents of Swine Flu, or what is now known as H1N1, began at St. Francis.  Were you surprised of the outbreak taking place at St. Francis? Listen to the Interview, Part... 

9/1: Preventing Swine Flu…An Interview with the CDC

September 1, 2009 by  
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Should Americans be concerned about H1N1 influenza, and what precautions should they take to be protected from the swine flu?  The Marist Poll’s John Sparks talks with Joe Quimby of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.  Read the full interview below. ©istockphoto.com/DNY59 John Sparks Joe, The Marist Poll conducted a national survey of the American public, and we found that 64% of the American public told us that they were not very concerned or not concerned at all about H1N1  Should folks be concerned? Joe Quimby Short answer to that is yes, the American public should... 

8/14: Voters Divide on Obama’s Handling of Health Care

As the debate over health care reform rages on in Congress and in the public realm, President Barack Obama needs to do more to convince the American electorate that health care reform is the right course of action.  45% of registered U.S. voters say they disapprove of how the president is handling health care while 43% approve. ©istockphoto.com/jsnover Not surprisingly, opinion is fractured along party lines with 74% of Democrats approving of how the president is dealing with the issue and 76% of Republicans disapproving of President Obama’s methods.  Independents align with the GOP on this... 

6/18: One-Fifth of Americans Currently Lack Health Insurance

Although 79% of Americans report that they have health insurance, a notable proportion — 21% — have at least one member in their household currently without a health plan. ©istockphoto.com/DNY59 The fact that money matters is an understatement.  While 97% of Americans making $100,000 a year annually and 87% of those bringing in between $50,000 and $99,999 a year say they have a health plan, just 67% of residents with an annual salary of less than $50,000 are covered.  And, while our country has made great strides in breaking the color barrier, that does not translate into adequate... 

6/18: Health Care in the United States: An In-Depth Look

June 18, 2009 by  
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Dr. Irwin Redlener, Co-Founder and President of the Children’s Health Fund, discusses the Marist Poll’s findings on health insurance in the United States and shares his thoughts on President Barack Obama’s health care plan and the future of health care in the country.  Dr. Redlener, also the Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, addresses, as well, how ready we are to handle the H1N1 virus, other pandemics, and acts of terrorism.  The transcript of his interview with The Marist Poll’s John Sparks is below. Dr. Irwin Redlener John Sparks Dr. Redlener, The Marist... 

More Than One-Third of Americans Struggle With Health Care

October 6, 2008 by  
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Although 79% of households nationwide say everyone in their home is insured, 21% say at least one person in their household is not covered by a health plan. And, that’s just the beginning. Another 10% of households did not have continuous coverage during the past year. Furthermore, 6% report they scaled back their coverage this year to cut costs. When all of these factors are taken into account, 37% of U.S. households are feeling the effects of the health care crisis. Read the full post  Read More →