Voters Underestimate Pace of Tech Change in Health Care

Forty-one percent (41%) of voters nationwide believe it will take more than five years before smartphones and apps will allow people to monitor the health of their heart (with tests like an EKG) on their own (without seeing a doctor). A national survey found 8% believe it will never happen.

However, such technology already exists and has been approved by the FDA.

Only 54% believe it is even somewhat likely that smartphones and apps will ever allow people to conduct X-rays on their own (without seeing a doctor) in the near future. Twenty percent (20%) say it will never happen. Once again, however, that technology is also available today.

Not surprisingly, younger voters are more likely to expect the capabilities of the new technology and also expect it to happen sooner.

Even while underestimating the pace of change, 58% of all voters believe that new technologies will have a bigger impact on the future of our nation than new government policies (see question wording and crosstab data). Data released earlier showed that 71% of voters recognize that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have had a bigger impact on the world than the combined efforts of all eight U.S. presidents who have served since the founding of Apple and Microsoft.

This survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted for on September 13-14, 2018 by HarrisX, a leading research firm specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). The statistical margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

At the intersection of technology and health care, 56% believe that apps and devices monitoring health, fitness, and diet lead to improved health. 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.

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.

The reality that culture and technology lead the nation forward while politics and politicians lag behind is a central theme of my latest book, The Sun Is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will Not. It’s also the reason that I am optimistic about our nation’s future despite being pessimistic about our system of politics and government. presents this data to enhance the public dialogue through data-driven analysis that explores the underlying currents of public opinion (read About Us and review all of our recent data releases).

Neither Scott Rasmussen nor has any relationship with Rasmussen Reports® (see About Us).


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