Poll Finds Half of Americans Think Doctors Write Too Many Prescriptions

A slight majority of Americans think doctors write too many prescriptions for drugs to give to their patients.

In a Poll Position national telephone survey, 52% said there are too many prescriptions written for drugs by doctors, 25% did not think so and 23% had no opinion.

Fifty-nine percent of African-Americans thought doctors give too many prescription drugs to their patients, 24% did not think so and 18% had no opinion.

Among whites, 53% thought too many prescription drugs are given to patients, 26% did not think so and 21% had no opinion.

Men thought too man prescription drugs were given out by 53% versus 20% who did not think so and 26% had no opinion.

Women countered with 51% saying too many prescriptions are written for drugs, 29% did not think so and 20% did not have an opinion.

See a breakdown of survey participants by age, race, gender, and political affiliation in crosstabs for this poll at http://media.pollposition.com.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/Poll-Positi….

Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,168 registered voters nationwide was conducted November 22, 2011 and has a margin of error of ±3%. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.

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The online companion poll in which you can vote provides unscientific results, meaning it’s a tally of participating Poll Position users, not a nationally representative sampling.

Poll Position is committed to transparency and upholding the highest professional standards in its polling, explaining why we provide you with the crosstabs of our scientific polls. Crosstabs provide a breakdown of survey participants by age, race, gender, and political affiliation.

Learn more about Poll Position’s polling methodology at http://pollposition.com/2011/09/26/our-polling-methodology/.

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