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From The Atlantic/Aspen Institute American Values Survey, a closer look at American attitudes towards healthcare.

From The Atlantic/Aspen Institute American Values Survey, a closer look at American attitudes towards healthcare.

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  • American Attitudes Towards Healthcare1
  • Survey Objectives The study of What Americans Believe, conducted by Penn Schoen Berland for The Aspen Ideas Festival in partnership with The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute, provides a detailed assessment of what Americans say their values are. This survey of 2,000 Americans identifies the issues that divide us and the ties that unite us as a nation. These findings are specific to American views on healthcare.2
  • Survey Methodology  From May 25, 2012 to June 6, 2012, Penn Schoen Berland conducted 2,006 interviews with the adult general population of the United States. Of the 2,006 interviews completed, 1,006 interviews were conducted by phone and 1,000 interviews were conducted online. Sample Size Margin of Error General Population (All), including: 2,006 2.19% Male 963 3.16% Female 1,043 3.03% Age 18-29 441 4.67% Age 30-44 542 4.21% Age 45-64 682 3.75% Age 65+ 341 5.31% Democrats 622 3.93% Republicans 542 4.21% Independents 782 3.50% Northeast 361 5.16% Midwest 441 4.67% South 722 3.65% West 481 4.47%  The data presented in this study are reflective of U.S. Census Bureau demographic statistics in terms of gender, age, ethnicity, income, education, and region.3
  • 69% say ensuring access to healthcare is the responsibility of the government Do you think it is the responsibility of the government to make sure that all Americans have...? No Yes 71% 69% 68% 47% 46% 40% 29% 31% 31% 51% 53% 59% Enough food Access to A high school healthcare education coverage A home to live in A job A college Showing All education4
  • Responsibility of the government by sub- group Younger Americans demonstrate far stronger support for government involvement in healthcare Do you think it is the responsibility of the government Gender Age Political Affiliation Region to make sure that all Americans have...? All Showing % Yes M F 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+ D R I NE MW S W Enough food 71 65 75 82 69 69 60 86 47 74 81 69 64 74 Access to healthcare coverage 69 67 70 81 70 66 55 90 42 69 75 69 61 74 A high school education 68 65 71 76 68 65 66 83 51 69 77 62 62 77 A home to live in 47 45 50 62 42 48 37 64 27 48 57 45 43 48 A job 46 42 51 61 40 42 45 60 30 47 46 49 42 51 A college education 40 37 42 57 36 36 34 53 24 40 35 41 40 445
  • 54% say the government should exert more influence over healthcare system Which of the following is closer to your view? The government The governmentshould exert more should reduce the influence over amount of America’s influence it has healthcare over America’s system, in an 54% 44% healthcare attempt to lower system, becausecosts and provide a more free- healthcare market system coverage for all Showing All will bring costs Americans down Gender Age Political Affiliation Region All M F 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+ D R I NE MW S W More influence 54 51 55 58 56 54 42 76 26 55 58 54 50 55 Less influence 44 46 42 42 42 45 51 22 72 42 41 42 49 43 Don’t know 2 2 2 0 2 2 8 2 3 3 1 5 1 26
  • 3 in 4 say those with pre-existing conditionsshould not be denied coverage Which of the following is closer to your view? Health insurance Pre-existing should be conditions can be required to very expensive, provide care for and health people who have 77% 20% insurers or the pre-existing governmentconditions, even if should not be the government required to pay has to pay for it Showing All for them Gender Age Political Affiliation Region All M F 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+ D R I NE MW S W Health insurance should 77 74 79 79 81 77 66 88 62 78 81 80 73 76 be required… Pre-existing conditions 20 23 18 20 17 20 26 11 34 18 17 16 24 21 can be very expensive… Don’t know 3 3 3 1 2 3 8 1 4 4 2 4 3 37
  • 59% say contraception should be covered under employer health plans Should employer-provided health insurance plans be required to cover contraception? Yes No Dont Know 59% 40% 2% Showing All Gender Age Political Affiliation Region All M F 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+ D R I NE MW S W Yes 59 49 68 70 63 56 39 76 39 59 62 55 56 62 No 40 49 31 28 36 43 55 22 61 38 36 42 42 36 Don’t know 2 3 1 2 1 0 6 2 0 2 1 2 2 28
  • A majority support stem-cell research Some people support stem-cell research, saying its an important way to find treatments for many diseases. Other people oppose stem cell research, saying its wrong to use any human embryos for research purposes. What about you? Do you support or oppose stem cell research? Support Oppose Dont Know 67% 30% 3% 2012 58% 30% 12% 2001; ABC News/Washington Post Showing All Gender Age Political Affiliation Region All M F 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+ D R I NE MW S W Support 67 66 68 75 70 68 55 73 56 69 75 71 60 69 Oppose 30 30 30 24 27 30 39 25 41 27 23 25 36 30 Dont know 3 4 2 2 3 2 7 2 3 4 3 4 4 19
  • Most say it is morally acceptable to take a patient off life support at their request If someone is on life support, for which of these reasons would it be morally acceptable to take them off life support, allowing them to pass away? Please select all that apply. The person on life support requested they not be kept alive in these situations 78% The person on life support is suffering 63% The family of the person on life support is enduring great emotional pain 30% The family of the person on life support cannot afford the medical bills 20% It is never morally acceptable to take someone off life support 8% Showing All Another reason 7% Gender Age Political Affiliation All M F 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+ D R IThe person on life support requested they not be kept alive 78 77 79 71 76 83 81 74 80 80in these situationsThe person on life support is suffering 63 58 67 62 66 63 59 67 58 64The family of the person on life support is enduring great 30 29 30 26 31 30 31 33 29 27emotional painThe family of the person on life support cannot afford the 20 20 20 26 18 20 15 23 21 18medical billsIt is never morally acceptable to take someone off life 8 9 7 9 12 4 6 5 8 9supportAnother reason 7 7 8 3 5 11 10 8 7 7Dont know 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 110
  • Over half say financial cost is not sufficient reason to take a patient off life support Which of the following is closer to your view? Someone on life It’s acceptable tosupport should be take someone off required to be of life support if kept 57% 33% the financial cost alive, regardless of keeping them of the financial alive is too great cost Showing All Gender Age Political Affiliation Region All M F 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+ D R I NE MW S W Someone on life support should be required to be kept 57 55 59 63 64 55 43 57 55 59 60 56 59 54 alive, regardless of the financial cost It’s acceptable to take someone off of life support if 33 36 31 36 29 35 34 35 38 30 32 34 32 37 the financial cost of keeping them alive is too great Dont know 9 9 10 1 7 10 23 8 7 11 8 10 9 911
  • 59% say someone on life support should be required to be kept alive if a private insurer is paying If a private insurer is paying the medical bills, should someone on life support be required to be kept alive? 4% Yes 37% No 59% Dont know Gender Age Political Affiliation Region All M F 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+ D R I NE MW S W Yes 59 62 56 72 63 55 43 61 48 65 57 56 59 63 No 37 36 39 28 33 41 50 37 48 31 40 40 38 32 Dont know 4 3 5 0 5 4 7 2 4 4 3 4 3 412
  • 56% think someone on life support should be requiredto be kept alive if the government is paying If the government (for example through Medicare) is paying the medical bills, should someone on life support be required to be kept alive? 5% Yes 39% No 56% Dont know Gender Age Political Affiliation Region All M F 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+ D R I NE MW S W Yes 56 60 53 70 62 50 40 57 51 60 52 49 58 64 No 39 37 40 28 35 44 49 38 45 36 44 43 38 32 Dont know 5 2 7 2 3 5 11 5 5 4 4 7 4 413