Poll: GOP prioritizes lower drug prices over reducing government's role in healthcare

A majority of Americans, regardless of political affiliation, agree something must be done to address high drug costs, according to a new survey from Kaiser Family Foundation.

The survey, conducted April 17-23, polled a nationally representative sample of 1,171 adults. KFF asked respondents to prioritize the healthcare initiatives President Donald Trump and Congress could complete while in office.

The survey found Republicans prioritize lowering prescription drugs costs over decreasing the government's role in healthcare, addressing the opioid epidemic and reducing federal healthcare spending.

Here is a breakdown of their responses by political party.

Lowering the amount people pay for healthcare

Democrats: 68 percent

Republicans: 67 percent

Independents: 56 percent

Lowering prescription drug costs

Democrats: 64 percent

Republicans: 60 percent

Independents: 58 percent

Addressing the opioid epidemic

Democrats: 53 percent

Republicans: 52 percent

Independents: 46 percent

Decreasing the government's role in healthcare

Democrats: 19 percent

Republicans: 51 percent

Independents: 32 percent

Repealing the 2010 healthcare law

Democrats: 13 percent

Republicans: 61 percent

Independents: 27 percent

Reducing federal healthcare spending over time

Democrats: 22 percent

Republicans: 43 percent

Independents: 27 percent

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