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October 2014: Ebola Outbreak

Barely half of Americans (51 percent) believe our healthcare system is properly trained or equipped to deal with Ebola in the U.S., and more than half are either somewhat concerned or very concerned that the Ebola virus will spread throughout the United States 


Recent Survey Results
June 2014: Addiction and Side Effects are Americans' Chief Concerns With Narcotic Painkillers 
36 percent of Americans surveyed cite fear of addiction as a concern regarding narcotic painkillers, and 30 percent cite side effects. 78 percent of all respondents believe that addiction is linked to the use of narcotic painkillers with the Silent Generation least likely (68 percent) to agree.
  April 2014: Most Americans Favor Legalization of Medical Marijuana 
78 percent of Americans surveyed agree that marijuana should be legal for medical use. While there is some variation across age groups, a majority (60 percent) favors legalization.

July 2013: Americans Favor Age Restrictions On Morning-After Pill
Many Americans support age minimums and parental consent for Morning-After Pill use. 35% of respondents believe women should be at least 18 to get this pill without a prescription.
  January 2014: Support for High School Football, Despite Concussion Risks 
The latest NPR poll finds that just 7 percent of Americans say concussion risks are too great to continue offering football as a high school sport.
May 2013: Gun Control
This poll found that 61 percent of respondents support stricter gun laws, and 34 percent are in favor of physicians asking if there is a gun in the home.
  July 2013: Gun Control 
The latest Truven Health Analytics-NPR Health Poll found that majority of respondents (61%) believe that gun laws should be somewhat or more strict than they currently are.

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December 2012: Physician Assisted Suicide
This survey asked respondents their opinions about physician assisted suicide, and compared the results to answers to identical questions from a year prior.
  February 2013: Sustainable Fishing 
This poll found that 47 percent of respondents believe it is important that fish or seafood they purchase is sustainably caught.
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Each month, the Truven Health Analytics-NPR Health Poll surveys 3,000 Americans to gauge attitudes and opinions on a wide range of healthcare issues. Poll results are reported by NPR's Scott Hensley on the health blog, 'Shots,' and on air.

"The polls let us delve into consumer attitudes about everything from flu vaccines to taxes on sugary drinks," said Hensley, NPR health correspondent and blogger. "The results provide a powerful and timely way to understand and explain how people view pressing health issues."

Complete survey results are posted on this page and NPR's reports on the findings are archived here.

The Truven Health Analytics-NPR Health Poll is powered by the Truven Health Analytics PULSE(TM) Healthcare Survey, an independently funded, nationally representative telephone poll, which collects information about health behavior, attitudes and utilization from more than 100,000 US households annually. Survey questions are developed in conjunction with NPR.