Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters nationwide consider Opioid Abuse to be a crisis in the United States. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that another 32% consider it a significant problem.
Sixty-three percent (63%) of senior citizens consider it a crisis along with 47% of those under 35 (see crosstab results).
Overall, the number who consider Opioid Abuse a crisis is the highest total measured for any issue. Earlier this week, we released data showing that 53% consider Political Corruption to be a crisis.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 72,000 Americans died from overdoses in 2017. However, the number of alcohol-attributable deaths is higher.
The new survey also found that 49% consider gun violence to be a crisis and 43% say the same about homelessness. The earlier research found that 43% consider Illegal Immigration to be a crisis, 40% say the same about Government Deficits, and 39% believe that is true of Global Warming/Climate Change.
The new data shows 29% consider high taxes to be a crisis; 24% see Political Correctness that way; 21% say the same about both a Lack of Patriotism and Smartphone Addiction. Just 12% consider Affirmative Action to be a crisis. Thirty-five percent (35%) say it is not a significant problem.
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The national survey of 1,003 Registered Voters was conducted May 1-2, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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