Nearly nine in ten Americans say a candidate’s plan to reduce health care costs will be a major consideration in determining their vote, and nearly 40% of them, or an estimated 100 million Americans, say it is could even make them cross party lines in the upcoming midterm elections, according to a new poll by West Health and Gallup.
In the nationally representative survey of more than 5,500 Americans, independents (50%) and Democrats (40%) were about two times more likely than Republicans (22%) to say they would vote for a candidate from a party other than their own. own party if they voted. health care costs was that candidate’s top priority. Across racial boundaries, significantly more black Americans (65%) and Hispanic Americans (60%) than white Americans (34%) say they are willing to do the same.
But even if it’s not enough to influence their vote, 77% of Republicans, 85% of Independents and 96% of Democrats say health care will be a major consideration in the next election, with black (65%) and Hispanic Americans (60%) are much more likely than white Americans (41%) to say so.
“Our research shows that health care affordability is still on the agenda and could have a major impact on the November midterm elections,” said Timothy A. Lash, president of West Health. “Clearly, candidates with a plan to reduce overall health care and prescription drug costs and who understand how important the issue is to voters will be rewarded.”
The vast majority of Americans (86%) also report that a candidate’s plan to specifically reduce the cost of prescription drugs is very or somewhat important in determining their vote, but black and Hispanic Americans and older adults attach the greatest importance to this issue. Nearly two-thirds (65%) of Black Americans and 56% of Hispanic Americans say the issue is “very important” to their vote, compared to 40% of White Americans.
In the same survey, three-quarters of Americans (74%) or 190 million adults give the U.S. health care system a poor or unsatisfactory grade when it comes to affordability. Nearly one in five say they or a family member had a health problem that worsened after they were unable to afford the care they needed, and a further 70 million people (27%) report that if they needed quality care today, they would get it. couldn’t afford it. Half of the country, about 129 million people, express a lack of confidence that they will be able to afford health care as they age.
“The research data suggests that combating high health care costs and prescription drugs is particularly motivating for voting blocs that can tilt elections,” said Dan Witters, research director of the Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index.
West Health-Gallup 2022 Healthcare in America Report: www.gallup.com/analytics/40197 … in-america-2022.aspx
Provided by West Health Institute
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