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Gallup Poll: Satisfaction Up Shaply for Gov’t Handling of Healthcare

According to a Gallup poll released today, about 43 percent of respondents are satisfied with the government’s handling of national healthcare – up 14-points since 2013.

SatisfactionImprovements on Both Sides

Not surprisingly, more Democrats than Republicans expressed satisfaction with how the government handles healthcare. Since 2013, Democrats’ satisfaction level with the government’s healthcare policies has increased by 12 points. Among Independents, the satisfaction rate jumped from 26 percent in 2013 to 39 percent this year. While Republicans represent the least satisfied among people from the major political parties, even those on the right reported an 8-point increase in satisfaction over healthcare for a total of 15 percent this year. Despite evidence to support the law’s positive impact on the country, many continue to argue about its merits. The survey, which was conducted via telephone between April 29 and May 2, represents a shift in the right direction in terms of cohesion among different political parties.

Shifting Attitudes

The recent Gallup poll suggests that nearly half of America is confident about the government’s policies and procedures when it comes to healthcare. Since 2001, Gallup has conducted annual surveys in an attempt to gauge satisfaction levels for various aspects of government roles. Among these roles, mail delivery and the maintenance of national parks top the list. The country’s finances, poverty and immigration remain at the bottom.

It’s unclear which factors contribute to the higher satisfaction levels in healthcare management this year, but shifting attitudes may be attributable to particularly attractive portions of the ACA. For example, subsidies have helped millions of Americans purchase health insurance for the first time ever. In 2005, the Gallup survey revealed a meager satisfaction rate of 27 percent for the government’s handling of healthcare. Two years ago, the satisfaction rate had only increased by 3 percent. With the successful implementation of the marketplaces and subsidies, it appears that more consumers have responded favorably to the government’s healthcare policies.

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