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Nearly Half of Americans Would Like Health Care Addressed Nationally; Few are Confident of Progress

December 29, 2017

New poll results released by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reveal the top concerns among Americans. Issues topping the list include health care, education, the environment, and racism as the national priorities that Americans would like to see addressed during the coming year. But, most expressed little confidence that any significant progress would be made.

The national poll was conducted from November 30 to December 4, 2017, and included 1,444 Americans over the age of 18. Individuals completing the survey identified up to five volunteered priorities for the coming year. The issue brief, New Year, Same Priorities: The Public’s Agenda for 2018, also provides the past two years’ poll responses.

Findings from the poll include:

  • Health care was cited by 48 percent as the top concern for 2018, compared to 43 percent for 2017, and 31 percent for 2016
  • Taxes increased significantly as a national concern; 31 percent cited taxes as an important priority for 2018, compared to 14 percent for 2017, and 13 percent for 2016
  • Immigration was listed by 27 percent for 2018, a small increase from the 26 percent that identified it as a top concern for 2017, and a decrease from 29 percent for 2016

Other findings from the poll include:

  • Almost half of respondents would like to see health care addressed nationally during the coming year, but 72 percent indicated little or no confidence that it will be accomplished
  • Americans are more optimistic than pessimistic about the way things are going on local (49%) and state (37%) levels, but more pessimistic about the country (24%)
  • While measures indicate that the economy has improved during the past ten months, most people do not regard their personal situation or the country as a whole as having improved

A full listing of questions and more information about the poll are available at the AP-NORC Center website.

HAP’s strategic plan emphasizes the importance of a patient-centered health care system. The association will continue to track consumer health care trends and work with members to improve health literacy, transparency, quality and cost, and improved access to care.

Healthy Me PA, HAP’s consumer-facing digital community, provides subscribers with information about healthy behaviors, managing chronic disease, and navigating the complex health care system.

Finally, HAP will continue its advocacy work to ensure sufficient resources to support strong acute, post-acute, and community-based health care services in every community.

For more information about HAP’s consumer-facing efforts, please contact Paula Bussard, HAP’s chief strategy officer, or Julie Kissinger, HAP’s vice president, communication and public affairs.

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