A 45%-plurality opposes the recently passed health care legislation, but it’s difficult to say Americans fear socialized medicine when so many are against making changes to Medicare. A 52%-majority opposes replacing Medicare with a voucher system to buy private insurance; just a third (33%) favor such a proposal. Despite it being a GOP proposal, a plurality of Republicans (47%) oppose the idea, as do a majority of Democrats (54%) and independents (52%). Older Americans are the most likely to demand the government keep their hands off Medicare; adults ages 65 and older oppose replacing Medicare with a voucher system by a 69%-to-14% margin. Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.