Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters nationwide believe that apps and devices monitoring health, fitness, and diet lead to improved health. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 44% disagree (see question wording and results).
Men are somewhat more confident than women about the value of self-monitoring apps and other devices. However, the real difference in perspective is generational. Seventy-six percent (76%) of those under 35 believe that such tools improve the health of the average user. That falls to 35% for America’s senior citizens.
Americans of all ages agree, however, that a person’s lifestyle choices have a bigger impact than medical care on a person’s health and quality of life. Overall, 83% of voters hold this view.
Most voters (53%) believe that new technologies will have a bigger positive impact on health care than new government policies. Just 24% believe government policies will have a bigger impact while 22% are not sure.
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Interestingly, while younger voters are more likely to see the impact of technology on a personal basis, older voters see it as having a bigger impact on the future of health care. Among Millennial Voters, 44% think technology will have a bigger impact while 30% look to government policies. Among Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation, 57% see the most positive benefits coming from new technologies while 19% say government policies will have the bigger impact.
This national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted August 6-7, 2018 for ScottRasmussen.com by HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the Demographic profile of our sample). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
Other data released earlier showed that 51% believe increased competition will do more than more government regulation to reduce the cost of health care. Just 21% believe increasing regulation would be more likely to succeed. The preference for competition is consistent with the deep commitment of Americans to individual freedom. Sixty-four percent (64%) of voters believe that freedom is more important than democracy.
Health care is one of the top issues on the minds of voters this year. Sixty-eight percent (68%) believe it is Very Important to provide every American with access to quality health care. As the midterm elections approach, voters are more likely to trust Democrats than Republicans to address health care topics.
Currently, just 30% rate the health care system as good or excellent. However, 68% say the medical care they receive as good or excellent and 67% say the same about their insurance coverage. Seventy-four percent (74%) also rate their current health as good or excellent.
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