Professor Bainbridge looks at the poll questions on health care reform.
The trouble with these sort of polls is that they almost never ask the right followup questions: How much would you be willing to see your insurance premiums rise if "insurers [are banned] from excluding people because of pre-existing conditions"? Do you understand that if "insurers [are banned] from excluding people because of pre-existing conditions," there will have to be a government mandate that healthy young people buy insurance? If there is no mandate, either the insurance industry will go bankrupt or rates will skyrocket.
And the closing:
In sum, the trouble with polls like these is that they assume a free lunch and TANSTAAFL.