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Support for various health care reforms is related to views toward doctors, even controlling for political partisanship.

A majority of Americans of both parties believe nurses and health care aides are underpaid. However, they have much less sympathy for doctors and hospital and insurance executives. Six in 10 respondents say both groups are underpaid in a recent UChicago Harris/AP-NORC poll.

Seventy percent believe nurses make between $50,000 and $125,000 per year, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the mean salary for registered nurses is about $80,00percent0. By contrast, only 11% say doctors are underpaid, with hospital executives (7%) and insurance executives (5%) bringing up the rear.

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