Gallup: Healthcare Not Top Concern for Most Americans

Friday, 29 Jun 2012 08:40 AM

By Greg McDonald

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Despite the highly charged political and constitutional debate over Obamacare, only 6 percent of Americans in June cited healthcare as a top concern, with most listing the economy, jobs, the growing budget deficit, and other problems as more important, according to a new Gallup poll.
But the Gallup survey of 1,004 adults conducted in early June suggested the issue could be “front-and-center” again in the coming months if it becomes a hot button issue in the presidential campaign.
“Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that the 2010 Affordable Care Act is constitutional, the healthcare issue may become more of a front-and-center focus of news coverage and the presidential election campaigns, and healthcare may thus rise again in Americans’ priorities as the most important problem facing the country,” Gallup officials noted in their survey analysis released Friday.
Healthcare peaked as a top issue in 2009 during the heated debate over Obamacare between Congress and President Barack Obama. At the time, 26 percent of Americans polled by Gallup viewed as the most important issue facing the country. 
The June findings also differ from recent surveys, which suggested healthcare was one of the most important issues for Americans, especially in terms of how it affects their pocketbooks.
In May, for example, Gallup asked Americans to rank 10 economic issues in terms of importance. Survey participants listed healthcare at the top ahead of unemployment and the deficit, with 40 percent saying the cost of healthcare was “extremely important” and 44 percent saying it was “very important.”

In March, another Gallup survey also found that healthcare ranked third in a list of 15 problems that Americans worried about, with 60 percent of participants saying they worried “a great deal” about “the availability and affordability of healthcare.”

Only gas prices and the economy received higher concern at the time.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

US Immigration Fears Terror Threat From 6,000 Missing on Student Visas

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 12:15 PM

The Obama administration is unable to locate 6,000 foreign nationals who have entered the United States on student visas . . .

Report: Quality of Care Suffers At Smaller Military Hospitals

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 12:06 PM

The inefficiencies and poor quality of care at some veterans hospitals is well-documented, but a new report by The New Y . . .

Piers Morgan Exits CNN After Turning Down 2-Year Deal

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 11:56 AM

Piers Morgan, the CNN primetime host whose efforts to provide the network with a new type of celebrity-interview show me . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved