New Survey, Analysis Suggest a Growing Partisan Split About U.S. Government Engagement on Global Health

(Source – Kaiser Family Foundation)

While U.S. global health programs have enjoyed bipartisan support in the past, a new survey of the publicand findings from interviews with global health and foreign policy experts suggest a growing partisan divide, as the country gears up for the 2016 election.

Half (53%) of Americans say the U.S. is already doing enough to improve health in developing countries, and 46 percent think the U.S. is doing more than its fair share compared to other wealthy countries.

Republicans are far more likely than Democrats (62% vs. 34%) to say the U.S. contributes more than its fair share, a perception gap that has grown from 17 percentage points in 2012 to 28 percentage points currently. In addition, most Republicans (68%) and independents (59%) think the U.S. government is doing enough to improve global health, while just more than half of Democrats (52%) think the U.S. is not doing enough.

Seven in 10 Americans (69%) express skepticism about the “bang for the buck” in U.S. global health spending, saying it is only fair or poor. Still, most (60%) say the U.S. is spending too little (26%) or about the right amount (34%) on global health. Read more…


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