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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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