Trust for healthcare institutions falls directly on political party lines, poll finds

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American voters trust healthcare institutions more than the media and federal, state or local governments. Yet, trust for healthcare institutions falls directly on political party lines, according to a May 27 Hill-HarrisX poll.

The poll surveyed a nationally representative sample of 1,899 registered voters online between May 21-23.

Three survey findings:

  1. Twenty-six percent of respondents said they trust healthcare institutions a great deal, followed by local and state governments (20 percent each); organized labor, the federal government and the media (16 percent each); and the criminal justice system (15 percent).

  2. Young adults ages 18-34 showed the highest rate of trust for healthcare institutions, with 37 percent of respondents saying they trust them a great deal, followed by respondents whose income is above $75,000 annually (36 percent), urban residents (36 percent) Democrats (35 percent) and Joe Biden voters (35 percent).

  3. Older adults ages 50-64 trust healthcare institutions the least, with 17 percent of respondents saying they trust them a great deal, followed by people whose income is less than $75,000 annually (19 percent), rural residents (20 percent). Republicans (20 percent) and Donald Trump voters (20 percent).

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