APA Public Opinion Poll – Annual Meeting 2017

APA Public Opinion Poll – Annual Meeting 2017

Interviews: 1,000 US Adults

Dates: April 24-27, 2017

Q1. How anxious are you about each of the following?

Ranked by highest percentage.

Combined Extremely and Somewhat Anxious Extremely anxious Somewhat anxious Not that anxious Not anxious at all
Keeping myself or my family safe 63 29 34 27 10
My health 63 20 42 27 10
Paying my bills or expenses 56 24 32 27 17
The impact of politics on my daily life 51 16 36 35 14
My relationships with family, friends, and coworker 46 16 30 35 19

Q2. In general, are you more or less anxious than you were at this time last year?

More anxious

36

Less anxious

20

About the same

41

Not sure

3

Changing subjects slightly…

Q3. How bad is it to take a prescription drug without a prescription?

Really bad

55

Somewhat bad

32

Not that bad

10

Not bad at all

3

Q4. Which of the following applies to you?

Ranked by highest percentage.

I know someone who is or has been addicted to opioids or prescription painkillers

27

I have taken an opioid or prescription painkiller without a prescription

10

I have abused or been addicted to opioids or prescription painkillers

1

None of these

64

Refused

2

According to the CDC, deaths from prescription opioids like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone have more than quadrupled since 1999, and approximately 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.

Q5. When it comes to addressing the opioid crisis in the United States, would you say that the country is headed in the right direction, or off on the wrong track?

Right direction

20

Wrong track

43

Not sure

37

Q6. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

Ranked by highest percentage.

Combined Completely and Somewhat Agree Completely Agree Somewhat Agree Somewhat Disagree Completely Disagree Not sure
I know how to access mental health care if I need it 75 44 32 12 5 8
People can recover from an opioid addiction 73 39 34 10 2 14
I understand how someone accidentally gets addicted to opioids 69 28 41 14 7 11
The opioid crisis is impacting people like me 37 12 25 22 26 15

Q7. How easy would it be for someone in your community to access a large amount of prescription opioids/painkillers without needing them for a medical purpose?

Extremely easy

13

Somewhat easy

26

Not that easy

13

Not easy at all

6

Not sure

41

Refused

1

Q8. When working to solve the opioid crisis, should policymakers prioritize:

Statement A

Improving access to treatment

58

Imposing stricter punishments and enforcement

26

Not Sure

15

Statement B

Working with doctors to limit opioid prescriptions

44

Working with those who are addicted to opioids to end their use

40

Not Sure

16

Q9. Please indicate how much you agree or disagree with each of the following statements.

Ranked by highest percentage.

Combined Strongly and Somewhat Agree Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Neither agree nor disagree Somewhat Disagree Strongly Disagree Refused
Someone’s mental health has an impact on their physical health 80 49 31 14 3 1 2
Untreated mental illness has a significant negative impact on the U.S. economy 65 31 35 26 4 2 2
There is less stigma against people with mental illness than there was 10 years ago 48 12 36 31 12 6 3
People with mental illness are far more likely to be victims of violence than be perpetrators of violence 40 14 26 43 12 4 2
I would not vote for a candidate for elected office who has been diagnosed with a mental illness, even if the candidate had been treated for it 31 13 18 39 15 12 3
The mental health needs of military veterans are being met under the current mental health system 13 5 9 24 28 31 3

Q10. Please give a letter grade (A being the best possible and F being the worst) for each of the following in the United States.

A B C D F
The primary care health care system 6 24 38 20 12
The mental health care system 4 12 36 28 20

Q12. Do you have adequate mental health coverage under your current health insurance plan?

Yes, very adequate

26

Yes, somewhat adequate

28

No, not that adequate

9

No, not adequate at all

5

I don’t have health insurance

3

Don’t know, not sure

27

Refused

2

Q13. Which of the following types of health insurance do you currently have for yourself?

Private health insurance offered through an employer or union

52

Medicare, the government program that pays health care bills for people over age 65 and some disabled people

22

Medicaid or some other type of state medical assistance for low-income people

12

A private health insurance plan that you bought yourself

10

Health insurance purchased through a Health Care Exchange or Health Care Marketplace

7

Other government source (military or veterans’ benefits, Indian health service)

4

Other type of insurance not listed

3

Q14. Which of the following types of health insurance should provide mental health coverage?

Private health insurance offered through an employer or union

77

Medicare, the government program that pays health care bills for people over age 65 and some disabled people

67

Private health insurance plans that are purchased by the individual

65

Medicaid or some other type of state medical assistance for low-income people

65

Health insurance purchased through a Health Care Exchange or Health Care Marketplace

64

Other government source (military or veterans' benefits, Indian health service)

60

None of these

4

Q15. Have you or a family member ever sought care from a mental health professional of any kind?

Yes, I have

23

Yes, a family member has

31

No

52

Refused

3

Changing subjects slightly…

Q16. Is the following statement true or false? ‘Climate change is already impacting the health of Americans.

Definitely True

27

Probably True

36

Probably False

13

Definitely False

9

Not sure

15

Q17. When it comes to politics, as of today, do you consider yourself to be

Combined Republican /leans Republican

35

A Republican

22

An independent who leans Republican

12

An independent

22

Combined Democrat/leans Democrat

39

An independent who leans Democrat

13

A Democrat

26

Some other party

4

Media Contacts

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press@psych.org

Erin Connors, 703-907-8562
econnors@psych.org

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