Daytime Television and Medicare

Posted: August 29, 2011 in Public Opinion

I came across this quote in the testimony from of the National Board Members of Third Millnium at the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare’s hearings in 1998:

As you probably know, Third Millennium is famous for its 1994 national survey that found more young adults believe UFOs exist than believe Social Security will exist by the time they retire. Well, you may not know that we commissioned another survey in September 1996 and asked our peers about Medicare. What did we find? A majority of them, 53% of Americans ages 18 to 34, think the TV soap opera “General Hospital” will outlast the Medicare system! In fact, a majority of Americans up to age 55 believe this.

Some things never change…apparently General Hospital is still going strong!  A battle of the ages.


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