A majority of Americans report that the economy and personal finances (50%) are the most important problems their families face, with health-care-related issues a distant second (19%), according to the latest Franklin & Marshall College Poll.
For both economic and health-care issues, a majority of adults believe the problems faced by their families can be solved with the help of the government (68% of those with health-care concerns and 57% of those with financial concerns). About one in three (36%) believe the U.S. health-care system is above average compared to systems in other industrialized nations, while similar proportions feel it is average (29%) or below average (30%).
This is the first Franklin & Marshall College Poll to focus on health-care policy, an area of academic strength for the College. Designed and directed by the Floyd Institute's Terry Madonna and Berwood Yost, the poll included contributions from Alan Caniglia, senior associate dean of the faculty and vice provost for planning and institutional research and professor of economics; Sean Flaherty, professor of economics; and The Honorable and Mrs. John C. Kunkel Professor of Government Joseph Karlesky.
Produced in partnership with Hearst Television, the poll covered perceptions of government and military operations in Afghanistan in addition to health-care reform.
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The results are based on interviews conducted Sept. 15-21 with 1,046 adults in the United States—900 of them registered to vote. The sample error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for adults and plus or minus 3.3 percentage points for registered adults.
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