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Survey Shows Strong Bipartisan Support for Public Health

October 30, 2018

BETHESDA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 30, 2018--At the launch of the autumn flu season and amid a rash of weather-related disasters affecting many states, nine in 10 registered voters (89%) believe public health departments play an important role in the health of their community, according to a new poll released today by the de Beaumont Foundation.

Conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, the poll found that two-thirds of Americans believe state government should ensure that every community has access to basic public health protections, including:

A majority of voters (57%) said they would pay more in taxes to ensure access to these basic public health protections.

“Americans overwhelmingly value the protections public health departments deliver and want to ensure that every community has them,” said Brian C. Castrucci, DrPH, chief executive officer of the de Beaumont Foundation. “While Americans seem divided on so many issues this election year, they are united in their support for public health because they understand the vital role it plays in their communities.”

This support for public health crosses political party, geography, gender, race, age, education, and income. The consensus support for public health was driven by overwhelming majorities of African Americans (85%), self-identified liberals (78%), Hispanics (75%), mothers (74%), working class people (72%), and Northeasterners (71%). Also expressing support were majorities of white men (53%), self-described conservatives (55%), and fathers (51%).

The poll highlights opportunities to broaden support for public health, by demonstrating the value of public service departments to voters who expressed support with less intensity than other groups -- including high-income voters and men who self-identified as Republicans, ages 18 to 54, college-educated, white, fathers, or soft Democrats.

The poll surveyed 1,000 voters nationally, with an over-sample of 498 voters in rural areas and has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent for the national sample and +/- 3.7 percent for the rural over-sample. Public Opinion Strategies conducted the poll via telephone between Aug. 31 and Sept. 8, 2018.

For more information about the de Beaumont Foundation, visit

About the de Beaumont Foundation

The de Beaumont Foundation advances policy, builds partnerships, and strengthens public health to create communities where people can achieve their best possible health.

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KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA MARYLAND

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SOURCE: de Beaumont Foundation

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