One in Four Republicans Fears a ‘Death Panel’

August 17, 2009 | Last updated: July 31, 2020

Greg Sargent has the numbers from a forthcoming Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll that found only 43 percent of Republicans explicitly ruled out the conspiracy theory that “the health care reform plan being considered by President Obama and Congress creates ‘death panels’ which have the authority to subjectively determine whether or not a gravely ill or injured person should receive health care based on their ‘level of productivity in society.’”

Thirty-one percent are not sure whether such a proposal is in the bill; 26 percent think it is.