Gallup: Record number of Americans bitter about health care

Record numbers of Americans have been “soured” by the quality of health care and their own health coverage, Gallup reported in a poll Thursday.

Only 48% of adults who responded to the annual survey rated their health care as “good” or “excellent.” That’s the first time since the polling firm began surveying the issue in 2001 that fewer than half of Americans rated the nation’s health coverage positively.

Another 31% described health care as “fair,” and a new low of 21% called it “poor,” the survey found.

“A key reason that views of the quality of US health care have been trending downward in recent years is that positive ratings from Republicans have been subdued since President Donald Trump left the charge,” Gallup said.

Satisfaction with health care has trended downward for unclear reasons among adults younger than 55 since 2012, Gallup noted.

“The most recent declines among young adults may reflect changes in healthcare that have occurred amid the COVID-19 pandemic or restricted access to abortion since the Dobbs Supreme Court decision,” Gallup said.

According to Gallup, an average of 55% of adults have rated health care “excellent” or “good” since 2001. The peak, 62%, occurred in 2010 and 2012.

Among Republicans, the percentage giving positive marks to the nation’s health care dropped from 69% in 2020 to 55% in the latest poll. Positive ratings among Democrats were “steady at a lower level” over the same period, reaching 44% in the most recent poll.

The survey also found that 72% of Americans rated their personal health care as “excellent” or “good,” down from 82% in 2020 and a new low in the two-decade trend.

Gallup conducted the national random telephone poll of 1,020 adults from November 9 to December 1. 2. The margin of error was plus or minus 4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

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