APA Public Opinion Poll – Annual Meeting 2018

Interviews: 1,000 US Adults

Dates: March 23-25, 2018

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 68 36 31 24 8
My health 68 28 39 24 9
Paying my bills or expenses 67 35 32 22 11
The impact of politics on my daily life 56 20 36 28 17
My relationships with family, friends, and coworker 48 20 27 30 22

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

More anxious

39

Less anxious

19

About the same

39

Not sure

3

Changing subjects slightly…

Q3. Which of the following applies to you?

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

31

I have taken an opioid or prescription painkiller without a prescription.

9

I have abused or been addicted to opioids or prescription painkillers.

5

None of these

61

Refused

1

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.

Q4. 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. 81 54 27 7 4 8
People can recover from an opioid addiction. 80 46 34 6 3 11
I understand how someone accidentally gets addicted to opioids. 74 37 37 10 9 7
The opioid crisis is impacting people like me. 46 22 24 18 25 11

Q5. 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

19

Somewhat easy

27

Not that easy

12

Not easy at all

6

Not sure

35

Refused

1

Q6. When working to solve the opioid crisis, should policymakers prioritize:

Statement A

Improving access to treatment

62

Imposing stricter punishments and enforcement

26

Not sure

11

Statement B

Working with doctors to limit opioid prescriptions

47

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

43

Not sure

10

Q7. 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 Completely disagree Refused
Someone's mental health has an impact on their physical health. 86 56 30 9 2 2 1
Untreated mental illness has a significant negative impact on the U.S. economy. 75 39 36 18 4 2 1
There is less stigma against people with mental illness than there was 10 years ago. 50 16 34 24 15 10 2
People with mental illness are far more likely to be victims of violence than be perpetrators of violence. 46 21 25 37 10 5 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. 35 19 16 31 16 15 2
The mental health needs of military veterans are being met under the current mental health system. 20 7 12 18 24 36 2

Q8. How much of a priority do you think policymakers in Washington, D.C. consider mental health? Do they consider mental health to be...?

A top priority

12

Somewhat of a priority

22

Somewhat less of a priority

33

Not a priority

31

Refused

2

Q9. Do you have adequate mental health coverage under your current health insurance plan?

Yes, very adequate

31

Yes, somewhat adequate

27

No, not that adequate

8

No, not adequate at all

4

I don't have health insurance

7

Don't know, not sure

22

Refused

2

Q10. Which of the following types of health insurance do you currently have for yourself?

Private health insurance offered through an employer or union

44

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

25

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

18

A private health insurance plan that you bought yourself

11

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

7

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

5

Other type of insurance not listed

4

Q11. Which of the following types of health insurance should provide mental health coverage?

Private health insurance offered through an employer or union...77 Medicaid or some other type of state medical assistance for low- income people

71

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

64

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

63

Private health insurance plans that are purchased by the individual

59

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

57

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

55

None of these

5

Q12. Have you or a family member ever sought care from a mental health professional of any kind?

No

51

Yes, a family member

29

Yes, I have

28

Refused

2

Changing subjects slightly…

Q13. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements (ROTATE)

Ranked by highest percentage.

Combined Strongly and Somewhat Agree Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Somewhat Disagree Strongly Disagree
Gun violence, including violence from mass shootings, is a public health threat 87 64 23 8 5
Congress should do more to address the issue of gun violence, including violence from mass shootings 85 64 21 9 6

Q14. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently limited in the research that they can conduct and statements that they can make about gun violence. Do you support or oppose CDC funding research on gun violence the same way they do other public health and safety issues?

Combined Strongly/Somewhat Support

76

Strongly Support

40

Somewhat Support

36

Combined Strongly/Somewhat Oppose

24

Strongly Oppose

15

Somewhat Oppose

9

Q15. Thinking about the recent mass shootings in this country, what would you say is more to blame?

A lack of access to mental health services for the shooter

21

The shooter's easy access to assault style guns

21

Both are equally to blame

50

Neither are to blame

9

Q16. When it comes to politics, as of today, do you consider yourself to be

Combined Republican /leans Republican

33

A Republican

23

An independent who leans Republican

10

An independent

23

Combined Democrat/leans Democrat

41

An independent who leans Democrat

11

A Democrat

30

Some other party

3

Media Contacts

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