For Second Year in a Row Health Care Tops List of Issues Floridians Want the Legislature to Act Upon
By Capital Soup // January 15, 2020
Poll also highlights voters’ concerns about pocketbook economic issues
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – A recent poll commissioned by the State Innovation Exchange shows Floridians are concerned about health care and other pocketbook economic issues.
Polling demonstrates strong support for progressive policy solutions to these challenges facing Florida families.
Voters Support Action on Health Care
Florida voters prioritize action on health care with a focus on affordability. The poll shows very strong support for policies to:
- Eliminate surprise medical billing for non-emergency services by ensuring patients are told beforehand of the cost of any non-emergency service;
- Ban gifts from drug companies to doctors for prescribing certain medications; and
- Make it illegal in Florida for big pharmaceutical companies to pay generic drug makers to delay creating and selling less expensive, generic equivalents of their brand-name medications.
Voters Want Action on Pocketbook Economic Policies
Floridians reject trickle-down economics and strongly support progressive policies that put money back in the pockets of working people:
- Raising the minimum wage to $15/hour: 67% support
- Raising the Earned Income Tax Credit: 65% support
- Expanding overtime protections for salaried workers: 81% support
Click here to see the poll memo. The State Innovation Exchange commissioned TargetSmart to complete the research. The survey was conducted in December 2019 with 892 respondents.