One in four Republicans unsure if Medicare is a government program

This Research 2000/Daily Kos poll sheds light on one of the strange phenomena of the health care debate; conservatives worrying that the government will “get its hands on” Medicare.

Is Medicare a government program or not?

    Yes No Not sure
Dem 89   7    4
Rep 76   14   10
Ind 83   8    9

It comes from a poll in which, as we noted yesterday, substantial numbers of Southerners and Republicans believe that the Democrats’ health care plans include a “death panel” to eliminate the weak.

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