Thirty-three percent (33%) of voters nationwide rate the U.S. health care system as good or excellent. That’s down from 35% two weeks ago and 38% last month. The new ScottRasmussen.com national survey also shows that 37% rate the U.S. health care system as just fair, and 30% rate it as poor.
ScottRasmussen.com will now be tracking ratings of the health care system and related items at least twice a month. Latest results will be released on this page.
Forty-three percent (43%) of Republicans rate the U.S. health care system as good or excellent along with 29% of Democrats and 28% of Independents (see crosstab results).
Despite skepticism about the health care system, 79% rate their own health as good or excellent, 72% say the same about their own insurance coverage, and 73% of voters rate the medical care they receive in such positive terms.
The survey also shows that 82% favor providing financial assistance to people who cannot afford health insurance or medical care.
In his weekly syndicated column, Scott Rasmussen wrote about how Americans continue to reject the regulatory state. This rejection has significant implications for those who dream of a single-payer health care system. Only 17% of voters support Senator Bernie Sanders’ plan to ban private insurance companies and require everyone to use a federal health care system.
Health care consistently ranked as the top issue for voters throughout the 2018 midterm election process, and many Congressional Democrats are now touting a “Medicare of all” plan. During the election, voters without health insurance were fairly evenly divided on their Congressional vote. Not only that, voters remain evenly divided on key health care trade-offs.
With such strong interest in the issue, ScottRasmussen.com will continue to regularly explore public attitudes on the topic.
Our most recent release shows that, in terms of addressing health care concerns, voters prefer more competition rather than more government regulation. That’s consistent with a long-standing voter desire for more choice and less politics in the health care system.
In today’s political environment, the top voter priority is protecting those with pre-existing conditions. Number two on the voter list was requiring health insurance companies to offer a variety of health insurance options, including more expensive plans with comprehensive coverage and less expensive plans that cover only basic health care needs.
The mission of ScottRasmussen.com is to enhance the public dialogue through data-driven analysis that explores the underlying currents of public opinion (read About Us). We release new polling data daily, including updates of the president’s Job Approval Rating and the Generic Congressional Ballot.
The national survey of 1,009 Registered Voters was conducted January 9-10, 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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