Nov 17, 2018 - Health

Exclusive poll: Americans don't think Trump will reduce drug prices

Data: SurveyMonkey online poll conducted Nov. 13-15, 2018 among 2,798 U.S. adults. Total margin of error is ±2.5 percentage points; Poll methodology; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

Americans don’t have much confidence in President Trump’s pledge to bring down drug prices, according to our latest Axios/SurveyMonkey poll.

Why it matters: It means he hasn't broken through to the public on one of his most prominent health care promises.

  • Overall, 61% of respondents said they’re not confident Trump will be able to follow through on his promise of cheaper drugs, while 37% said they’re very confident or somewhat confident that he’ll deliver.
  • Unsurprisingly, the survey found a stark partisan divide: 80% of Republicans said they’re at least somewhat confident Trump will be able to reduce drug prices, while 93% of Democrats are confident he won’t.
  • Independents agree with Democrats.

Go deeper: Read the rest of Axios' Deep Dive on prescription drug prices

Methodology: This analysis is based on a SurveyMonkey online poll conducted among adults ages 18 and older in the United States. Respondents were selected from the more than 2 million people who take surveys on the SurveyMonkey platform each day. Data have been weighted for age, race, sex, education, and geography using the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to reflect the demographic composition of the United States age 18 and over.

The survey was conducted Nov. 13-15 among 2,798 adults. The modeled error estimate for the full sample is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points and full crosstabs are available here.

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