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Do You — *Achoo* — Support Health Care Reform?

People who see someone sneeze are more likely to tell a survey-taker that they disapprove of the current health care system. Researchers sent a survey-taker into a downtown mall, where she coughed and sneezed before handing her survey to several passers-by. She was careful not to sneeze when administering the same survey to a second group. The sneeze witnesses were more likely to disapprove of American health care. They were also more likely to say they were at risk of having a fatal heart attack or accident or succumbing to a murderer. We know polling results are sensitive to the wording of questions. The delivery of those questions could be a factor, too. We’ll know for sure when we see the first health care push-poll featuring sniffling, sneezing pollsters. [%comments]