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New Poll Finds 71 Percent of Americans Favor Investing More in Disease Prevention as Central to Health Reform
Date:11/13/2009

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) released a new public opinion survey today that finds that 71 percent of Americans favor an increased investment in disease prevention and that disease prevention is one of the most popular components of health reform. Forty-four percent of Americans strongly favor investing more in prevention.

In the poll, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and Public Opinion Strategies, investing in disease prevention receives majority support from across the political spectrum (85 percent of Democrats, 59 percent of Republicans, and 68 percent of Independents) and across the country (72 percent in the Northeast, 73 percent in the South, 71 percent in the West, and 69 percent in the Midwest).

"Prevention is clearly one of the most popular parts of health reform," said Al Quinlan, President of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. "Americans see a real payoff for investing in disease prevention in terms of lowering disease rates and reducing health care costs."

By nearly a three-to-one margin (70 percent to 24 percent), people think prevention will save money rather than cost money. Sixty percent of Americans believe investing in prevention is worth it at a cost of $34 billion out of the $900 billion total proposed health reform spending proposals. Sixty-five percent of Americans say they would either be more likely to support a member of Congress who votes for the proposal to invest in prevention or that it would make no difference to their vote.

"Support for an increased investment in prevention is both robust and broad," said Bill McInturff, Partner and Co-Founder of Public Opinion Strategies. "There is nearly a four-to-one margin of people who feel strongly that we should invest more in prevention versus those who are strongly against it. Even when people learn the price tag in the c
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