Are You Listening, Mr. President?

TABLE: ARE YOU LISTENING, MR. PRESIDENT?
      WHAT'S THE WORRY?
      How much do you worry that:
                                     A great   Quite     A       Not      Not
                                      deal     a lot   little    at all   Sure
      You or another family member may not have enough
      money when you retire?           21%      24%      31%      23%      1%
      You or another family member may not have health
      insurance when you need it?      20%      21%      27%      32%      0%
      You or another family member may be the victim of
      a serious crime?                 16%      23%      42%      19%      0%
      You or another family member may lose their
      job?                             14%      17%      33%      33%      3%
      A major war involving the U.S. may
      happen?                          10%      15%      46%      28%      1%
      You or another family member may not have the
      job skills you need?              8%      15%      34%      42%      1%
      OUNCES OF PREVENTION
      In reality, how much do you think the federal government can do to prevent:
                                     A great   Quite     A       Not       Not
                                       deal    a lot   little   at all    Sure
      A major war involving the U.S.?  42%      36%      16%      5%      1%
      You or another family member not having health
      insurance when you need it?      29%      29%      26%      13%      3%
      You or another family member not having enough
      money when you retire?           22%      23%      36%      17%      2%
      You or another family member being the victim of
      a serious crime?                 14%      21%      39%      24%      2%
      You or another family member losing their
      job?                             15%      19%      39%      25%      2%
      You or another family member not having the
      job skills you need?             11%      19%      44%      24%      2%
      JOB JITTERS
      [For respondents who said they are employed:] How likely is it that each of the following will happen between now and the time you choose to retire--very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely, or very unlikely?
                                      Very   Somewhat  Somewhat   Very    Not
                                     likely   likely   unlikely unlikely  sure
      You will continue to work for your current
      employer                         46%      18%      13%      21%      2%
      You will have to have formal retraining in new
      job skills to maintain your standard of
      living                           24%      23%      17%      36%      0%
      You will have to settle for a lower-paying job
      that doesn't make the most of your skills
      and abilities                    17%      23%      24%      36%      0%
      You will have to make two or more career
      changes                          18%      21%      18%      41%      2%
      You will be laid off or forced to take early
      retirement                       11%      21%      20%      47%      1%
      Your present job will be eliminated due to
      foreign competition               8%      10%      16%      65%      1%
      DOCTOR BILLS
      President Clinton's plan for health-care reform would guarantee health insurance for all Americans regardless of whether they change jobs, become unemployed, or develop a major illness. If it also would involve some restrictions on choice of doctor, a bigger role for government in health care, and higher costs or taxes, would you favor or oppose this plan?
      Favor                            53%      Oppose      43%      Not sure      4%
      UNCLE SAM'S VOCATIONAL SCHOOL
      The Clinton Administration wants the federal government to provide more training for American workers to give them competitive job skills. If this also involves higher taxes for employers and employees and more government involvement in job training, would you favor or oppose this plan?
      Favor                           54%      Oppose      43%      Not sure      3%
      PORT-A-PENSIONS
      Some Clinton Administration officials are considering a pension reform plan which would ensure that employees who change jobs can take their retirement benefits with them, so that workers who change jobs several times won't be left without a nest egg. If the cost of doing this forced employers to reduce retirement benefits or pay lower wages, would you favor or oppose this plan?
      Favor                          47%      Oppose      48%      Not sure      5%
      CALLING THE COPS
      The Clinton Administration is proposing adding 100,000 local police paid for by the federal government at a cost to taxpayers of $1.6 billion a year. The money would have to come from additional taxes or cuts in other government programs. Would you favor or oppose this plan?
      Favor                          52%      Oppose      44%      Not sure      4%
      MITI, AMERICAN STYLE
      Other countries take a more active role in promoting industry and making their businesses more competitive abroad. Would you like to see the federal government take a more active role in helping specific industries, or should it leave it to the free market?
      Take a more active role          36%      Neither (vol.)      2%
      Leave to free market             58%      Not sure      4%
      THE PRICE OF CHANGE
      The Clinton Administration believes that America has to make major changes --- some of them painful, some of them costly -- in order to provide Americans with economic security in the future. Do you tend to agree or disagree with this?
      Agree                          67%      Disagree      29%      Not sure      4%
      Edited by Mark N. Vamos
      
      Survey of 1,255 adults conducted Jan. 7-10, 1994, for BUSINESS WEEK by Louis Harris & Associates Inc. Results should be accurate to within three percentage points.
      
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