72% of Americans say drug industry has 'too much influence' on politics

Americans identified pharmaceutical companies as one of the most influential parties in Washington, D.C., in a poll conducted by Kaiser Family Foundation.

The latest Kaiser Health Tracking poll found 72 percent of Americans said pharmaceutical companies have "too much influence" in the nation's capital. That's more than Wall Street (69 percent), health insurance companies (66 percent), the National Rifle Association (52 percent), hospital groups (36 percent) and physician groups (30 percent). Large companies (76 percent) topped the list.

The number of Americans who said pharmaceutical companies have "too much influence" was fairly equal across parties (73 percent of Republicans and 65 percent of Democrats).

The poll, conducted March 8-13 among more than 1,200 adults, also found 52 percent of Americans said passing legislation to reduce prescription drug prices should be a "top priority" for President Donald Trump and lawmakers. At the same time, only 39 percent of Americans said they were confident the administration would deliver on doing so.

Read the full poll results here

 

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