83% Believe Lifestyle Choices Have Bigger Impact on Health Than Medical Care

Sixty-one percent (61%) of voters nationwide believe that apps and devices monitoring health, fitness, and diet lead to improved health. That’s up five points since last September. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 39% disagree (see crosstab 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-nine percent (79%) of those under 35 believe that such tools improve the health of the average user. That falls to 36% 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 (52%) believe that new technologies will have a bigger positive impact on health care than new government policies. Just 28% believe government policies will have a bigger impact while 21% are not sure.

On this point, younger voters are more evenly divided–44% believe technology will provide the bigger positive impact while 37% believe it will be government policies. However, senior citizens believe technology will have a bigger impact by a 61% to 25% margin.

Related data shows that voters are largely unaware of new technologies enabling self-monitoring of EKG’s and x-rays.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted April 10-11, 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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