New Poll Shows Florida Voters Satisfied with Rx Accessibility and Availability, Want Lawmakers to Prioritize Economy and Inflation 

Voters Value More Affordable Pharmacy Options, Blame Big Drug Companies for Rising Costs
February 7th, 2024 

Floridians for Government Accountability, in partnership with The Tyson Group, have released a new survey of Florida likely voters. The survey focuses on attitudes toward the health care system and issues related to prescription drugs (click here to download). While voters are largely content with the accessibility, availability, and quality of their prescription drugs, 54% express discontent with prescription drug costs and a plurality hold big drug companies responsible. Only 4% of likely voters hold pharmacy benefit managers most responsible for the cost of health care and prescription drugs.

However, the survey also reveals that when thinking about legislative priorities this year, voters are focused on economic concerns like inflation, not health care costs – underscoring voter desire for policymakers to concentrate on other issues in 2024.

Key Findings:

Likely voters are focused on economic concerns, not health care costs. When asked about the most important issue facing the country, 29% of likely voters point to "improving the economy," and an additional 24% highlight “reducing inflation,” constituting a 53% majority. “The rising cost of health care” ranks last, with only 6% of likely voters selecting it as their top issue.

Likely voters want cost solutions and are already satisfied with prescription drug accessibility, availability, and quality. They are dissatisfied with prescription drug “cost,” with 54% of likely voters expressing discontent.

Likely voters blame pharma, not PBMs, for rising costs. A 38% plurality of likely voters identify "Big Drug Companies" as the primary culprit for rising costs. Only 4% hold pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) responsible for the escalating costs.

Likely voters value lower costs over expanded access.

Likely voters were given the option between having more choices for where to pick up prescriptions or benefiting from lower premiums and co-pays. A significant 74% express a preference for lower premiums and co-pays.

Likely voters were asked if they would rather pick up a discounted prescription at a specific pharmacy or pay the regular price at any pharmacy. A decisive 73% of likely voters state a preference for the discounted option.

When asking Florida likely voters about proposed legislative changes, a 50% majority oppose outlawing lower-cost pharmacy options, like receiving discounts at certain pharmacies, or getting prescriptions delivered at home. Only 29% of likely voters support this type of legislation.

Likely voters will hold lawmakers accountable. A 56% majority of Florida likely voters say they would be less likely to support a candidate who voted to outlaw discount prescription options.


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