Americans Rank Cancer As Nation's Worst Disease
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Cancer ranks number one when Americans are asked what's the worst disease they face, while nearly half believe the federal government doesn't spend enough on medical research in general.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 40% of Adults consider cancer the worst disease facing Americans today. Heart disease is a distant second, rated worst by 22%, followed by 13% who say diabetes. Alzheimer's disease is rated the worst by nine percent (9%), while two percent (2%) think AIDS is the worst. One percent (1%) list strokes, and four percent (4%) say it's some other unspecified disease. (For survey question wording, click here)
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The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 1-2, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
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