Washington, DC- The findings for the Ipsos poll on healthcare perceptions and
knowledge for NPR were released today.
- In some ways, Americans understand our healthcare system:
- Over eight in ten Americans (82%) believe that Americans pay more for healthcare than
people in other countries.
- At the same time, there is doubt about whether all that money is paying off, with only about
a quarter of Americans saying that the American healthcare system produces the best results
in the world (26%).
- Even on the ACA, some things are reasonably well understood:
- Most (60%) understand the ACA stopped insurers from being able to refuse coverage and
that it requires preventative care coverage (62%).
- With some facets still poorly understood:
- 43% “don’t know” if passage of the ACA caused Medicare spending to decrease and 50%
“don’t know” if the ACA has limits on end-of-life care.
- However, in a few areas, the polarization of the ACA come through clearly:
- 41% of Republicans and 54% of Democrats say the number of uninsured has decreased
since passage of the ACA.
- 7% of Republicans and 21% of Democrats think healthcare costs have increased slower
since the passage of the ACA.
- 44% of Republicans and 26% of Democrats believe it is true that the ACA limits end-of-life
- When it comes to the provision of healthcare and the effect of the ACA, there are large
differences of opinion between Republicans and Democrats:
- Three in ten Democrats think that people are responsible for securing their own access to
healthcare whereas three quarters of Republicans think that people are responsible for
securing their own healthcare
- When asked whether, on balance, the ACA has done more good than harm, nearly eight in
ten Democrats (79%) answer in the affirmative while only three in ten Republicans (31%)
answer in the affirmative
- The new Congress has a narrow road on health care laws:
- 46% of Americans agree that the repeal of the ACA would affect them personally.
- 55% of Americans believe the ACA has, on balance, done more good than harm.
- 55% of Americans agree the US should have a government-paid health insurance
- 55% of Americans agree the US should have a government-paid health insurance system.
- Only 14% say the ACA should be repealed and not replaced. An additional 31% supports
repeal and replace. (44% support keeping the ACA)
The topline results, data report and presentation are available for download on the right
side of this page.
These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted January 4-5, 2017 on behalf of
NPR. For the survey, a sample of 1,011 adults including 383 Democrats, 332 Republics, and
210 Independents from the continental U.S., Alaska
and Hawaii was interviewed online in English. The poll has a credibility interval of ± 3.5
percentage points for all respondents and a credibility interval adjusted for design effect of the
following (n=1,011, DEFF=1.5, adjusted Confidence Interval=5). Post-hoc weights were
made to the population characteristics on gender, age, region, race/ethnicity and income.For
more information about Ipsos online polling methodology, please go here: http://goo.gl/yJBkuf
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