Given a choice, Americans would place their trust in physicians to reform health care. The results of a Gallup poll were released today in which people were asked whether they were confident or not confident in the healthcare recommendations of eight groups of potential influencers including: President Obama; Democratic and Republican lawmakers; physicians; hospitals; pharmaceutical and insurance executives; and university professors.
The poll taken on March 2-3 was also done last June and the results are mostly the same. Physicians are most trusted (although seemingly least influential) to fix the health care system. In fact, physicians were the only group to become more trusted since last June. All other groups declined in American’s confidence. Here’s the list according to confidence percentage:
1. Doctors, 77%
2. Hospitals, 64%
3. University professors or researchers who study health care policy, , 61%
4. Obama, 49%
5. Democratic leaders in Congress, 37%
6. Republicans leaders in Congress, 32%
7. Pharmaceutical companies, 30%
8. Health insurance companies, 26%
For more results of the survey, go to Gallup.com.