APA Mental Health Care Survey

GfK Omniweb with KnowledgePanel
April 2016

Interviews: 1,025 respondents
Fielded: April 15-17, 2016

Please note: all results are shown as percentages unless otherwise stated.

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1. 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 Refused
The primary care health care system 8 30 40 13 8 2
The mental health care system 4 11 35 30 18 2
In-patient or hospital-based care 10 40 35 9 5 2
Nursing care 11 34 37 11 6 2

2. Relative to physical health, how important do you consider mental health? Is mental health...

Combined more important 33
Much more important 15
Somewhat more important 18
They are of equal importance 61
Combined less important 5
Somewhat less important 3
Much less important 2
Refused 1

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

Combined priority 27
A top priority 5
Somewhat of a priority 22
Combined not a priority 72
Somewhat less of a priority 52
No priority 20
Refused 2

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

Combined yes 45
Yes, very adequate 16
Yes, somewhat adequate 29
Combined no 13
No, not very adequate 9
No, not adequate at all 4
I don’t have health insurance 6
Don’t know/not sure 35
Refused 2

5. Do you know how to access mental health care if you or a loved one should need it?

Yes 54
No 16
Not sure 29
Refused 2

6. Have you, a friend, or a family member ever been denied coverage for mental health treatment, whether that be access to affordable medication or consultation with a mental health professional such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, or therapist?


Yes, I have 5
Yes, I know someone who has 10
No 85
Refused 2

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

Combined 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 40 41 16 1 1 2
Untreated mental illness has a significant negative impact on the U.S. economy 65 25 40 27 4 1 2
There is less stigma against people with mental illness than there was 10 years ago 45 7 38 34 15 4 2
People with mental illness are far more likely to be victims of violence than be perpetrators of violence 37 9 27 48 11 3 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 9 22 42 17 9 2
The mental health needs of military veterans are being met under the current mental health system 15 3 12 26 32 26 2

8. Which presidential candidate do you feel will be best to ensure that the needs of those living with mental health issues are met?

Hillary Clinton 21
Bernie Sanders 19
Donald Trump 10
John Kasich 6
Ted Cruz 5
None of them 17
Don’t know/not sure 28
Refused 2

9. For each of the issues listed below, please indicate how important you believe legislation to reform our mental health system would be in addressing the following societal challenges.

Combined Important Very important Somewhat important Not very important Not important at all Refused
Improving access to mental health care 88 53 36 6 3 3
Substance abuse 86 48 38 9 3 2
Homelessness 85 47 38 11 3 2
Suicide rate 83 43 40 12 3 2
Gun violence 77 47 30 14 6 2

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

Yes, I have 20
Yes, a family member has 29
No 56
Refused 2

Note: numbers throughout may not sum 100% due to rounding or multiple mention questions.