The cost of healthcare is the top financial problem facing Americans, according to a new Gallup poll.
Asked to name the most important financial problem confronting their own family, Americans responded like this:
- 17% said healthcare costs.
- 11% said lack of money/low wages.
- 8% said college expenses.
- 8% said cost of owning/renting a home.
- 8% said taxes.
- 6% said too much debt/not enough money to pay debts.
- 6% said the high cost of living/inflation.
- 5% said retirement savings.
- 20% said they do not have a “most important financial problem.”
The pollster noted: “Gallup has asked the ‘most important family financial problem’ question on 48 separate occasions since 2005. During that time, only three issues -- healthcare costs, energy costs/oil and gas prices and lack of money/low wages -- have topped the list in any single poll.”
The poll, conducted April 17-30, surveyed 1,024 adults. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.
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