Public Opinion Snapshot: Public Backs Investment in Prevention

November 23, 2009
by Ruy Teixeira
The Center for American Progress

A blizzard of health care polling is being produced as we get closer and closer to final resolution of the issue in Congress. Much of this polling tends to be duplicative and doesn't really tell us anything new. But here are some findings that actually expand our understanding of the public's views in this area.

The findings come from a new bipartisan poll from Greenberg Quinlan Rosner/Public Opinion Strategies for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America's Health. The poll focuses on the neglected prevention aspect of health care reform, which means providing people with information and resources and creating policies that help people make healthier decisions. This poll finds 71 percent of Americans backing more investment in prevention versus just 23 percent who are opposed.

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