Tracking Voter Healthcare Issues through the Polls

The election year has created a treasure trove of voter opinions on many public policy issues including health care. In a recent Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: September 2016, when asked about the role that a variety of health care issues will play in the 2016 presidential election, the study showed that healthcare topics are very important to voters, particularly around prescription drug costs.

This study showed that two-thirds of voters say a candidate’s plan to address the future of the health care law is very important to their vote, six in ten say the same about a candidate’s plan to address the cost of health insurance premiums, 55 percent say the same about a candidate’s plan to address the cost of deductibles, and about half of voters (51 percent) say the same about a candidate’s plan to address prescription drug prices.

Some key findings from the study about healthcare issues:

  • Americans’ opinion of the ACA health care law remains divided, with 44 percent saying they have a favorable view and 47 percent saying they have an unfavorable view.
  • Clinton and Trump supporters (58 percent and 42 percent, respectively) saying a candidate’s plan to address prescription drug costs is very important to their vote.
  • With regard to drug prices, of those polled (77 percent) perceive drug costs as unreasonable while less than a quarter (21 percent) say the costs are reasonable.
  • Again with regard to drug prices, a large majority of Americans favor requiring drug companies to release information to the public on how they set drug prices (86 percent).
  • 71 percent of those polled favor allowing Americans to buy prescription drugs imported from Canada and two-thirds (66 percent) favor creating an independent group that oversees the pricing of prescription drugs.

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation | http://kff.org/health-costs/report/kaiser-health-tracking-poll-september-2016/