More Americans worry about paying their monthly health insurance premiums or about paying unexpected medical bills than worry about making their rent or mortgage payments. This Axios/SurveyMonkey poll reveals health care to be the top issue in America, with health care costs specifically outweighing all other health care concerns. More results:
- More people single out the cost of healthcare (39 percent) than any other issue related to health care as the one that weighs on their minds the most.
- Eight in 10 people (80 percent) say pharmaceutical companies have too much influence in Washington. Just eight percent say they have too little influence, and another eight percent say they have the right amount.
- Seniors are particularly antagonistic: 93 percent of those 65 and older say pharmaceutical companies have too much power.
- Six in 10 people (60 percent), including 74 percent of seniors, blame these same companies for the rising cost of prescription drugs.
- A third (67 percent) of people live in a household with someone who has a pre-existing condition.
- Even more (73 percent) are worried they or a family member will have to pay more for health insurance coverage if the Supreme Court overturns the health care law’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
Read more about our polling methodology here.
Click through all the results in the interactive toplines below:
As you may know a health reform bill was signed into law in 2010, known commonly as Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. Given what you know about the health reform law, do you have a generally favorable or generally unfavorable opinion of it?
When you think about health care issues, what’s mainly on your mind?
Which of the following are you worried about the cost of for yourself and your family? (Select all that apply.)
Overall, which party, do you trust to do a better job at lowering prescription drug costs?
Do you think that pharmaceutical companies have too much, too little, or about the right amount of influence in Washington?
Which of the following do you think is MOST responsible for rising prescription drug prices?President Trump has said that under his administration, Americans will pay less for prescription drugs than they pay now. How confident are you that his administration will be able to deliver on this promise?
President Trump has recently criticized several drug companies publicly calling for them to lower the cost of their prescription drugs. How effective do you think this strategy will be in reducing the cost of prescription drugs overall?
In general, would you say your health is excellent, very good, good, only fair, or poor?
Are you, yourself, now covered by any form of health insurance or health plan? A health plan would include any private insurance plan through an employer, a plan you purchased yourself, Medicare, or Medicaid/Medi-CAL.
Which of the following is your main source of health insurance coverage?
As you may know, the 2010 health care law provided protections for people with pre-existing health conditions. How important is it to you that the provision that prohibits health insurance companies from charging sick people more remains law?
How worried are you that you or someone in your family will have to pay more for health insurance coverage if the Supreme Court overturns the health care law's protections for people with pre-existing health conditions?
The term ‘pre-existing condition’ is used by insurance companies to describe an illness a person had before they began looking for insurance. For example, if you had a history of asthma, high blood pressure, or cancer, those would be considered pre-existing conditions. Given that definition, would you say that you or someone else in your household would be considered to have a ‘pre-existing condition’ of some sort?