A majority of people are worried about employers moving them on to insurance exchanges, with Republicans reporting the highest level of concern at 72 percent. But once they actually get insurance on the exchange, most Democrats and Independents, 43 percent and 39 percent respectively, think the shift would have “no impact” on their coverage. In contrast, the largest grouping of Republican responses, 41 percent, think it would have a “very negative” impact. The majority of Republicans and Independents say they would consider looking for another job if they were shifted onto an exchange, at 62 percent and 52 percent respectively. Democrats reported that they would look for another job at a rate ten percentage points below Independents, at 42 percent.
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REPUBLICANS EXPRESS GREATEST CONCERN OVER EMPLOYERS SHIFTING HEALTH COVERAGE TO INSURANCE EXCHANGES
Republicans are the most worried that their employer will shift health coverage to the insurance exchanges, with 72 percent reporting some level of concern. Independents and Democrats are less worried, with 60 and 53 percent respectively reporting some degree of concern.
The 18-29 year old age demographic was the most concerned that their employer would shift their health coverage to the exchanges, polling at 74 percent. That number slightly declines with the older generations to 65 and 61 percent, respectively.
NEGATIVE VIEW OF SHIFT TO INSURANCE EXCHANGES BY AMERICANS ACROSS PARTY AND AGE DEMOGRAPHICS
Across all parties, respondents believe that the shift to health insurance exchanges will have a negative impact on the quality of health coverage. Just 27 percent of Democrats, 11 percent of Republicans, and 7 percent of Independents believe it would have a positive effect on the quality of their coverage. Most Democrats and Independents, at 43 percent and 39 percent respectively, think moving to the exchanges would have no impact on their coverage, while the largest group of Republicans, 41 percent, think it would have a “very negative” impact.
While general sentiment regarding the effect of the exchanges on quality of coverage is negative overall, the youngest polled demographic was the most optimistic, with 29 reporting positive views. The percentage of positive views decreases to 23 and 9 percent as those polled get older.
A MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS AND INDEPENDENTS WOULD CONSIDER LOOKING FOR ANOTHER JOB
A majority of Republicans and Independents say that they would seriously consider looking for another job with some degree of seriousness if their employer shifted their healthcare coverage to the exchanges, polling at 62 and 52 percent respectively. Only 42 percent of Democrats had this similar view, with the majority saying they would not seriously consider looking for another job.
The 45-64 year old age demographic was the least serious about looking for another job if their employer shifted health coverage to the exchanges, with 54 percent considering it “not too” or “not at all” seriously. The 18-29 year old age demographic was the most serious about it, with 67 percent saying they were “extremely,” “very,” or “somewhat serious” about finding a new job.
MOST AMERICANS HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE
Ninety-three percent of likely voters are covered by some form of health insurance or health plan. While majorities from all parties are insured, Independents reported the lowest insurance rate at 88 percent insured.
MOST AMERICANS DID NOT PURCHASE HEALTH INSURANCE THROUGH EXCHANGES
About 9 in 10 total likely voters did not buy their health insurance on the insurance exchanges, with similar numbers tallied for each political party
This poll was conducted from June 19-21, 2014, among a national sample of 1,240 likely 2014 voters. The interviews were conducted online and the data were weighted to approximate a target sample of likely voters based on age, race/ethnicity, gender, educational attainment, region, annual household income, home ownership status and marital status. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.
CLARIFICATION: This post has been updated to clarify the description of Republican responses in regard to the question on health insurance exchanges and the quality of health coverage.