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Most Say Smokers Should Pay More For Health Insurance

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Some companies already charge smokers more for health insurance, and most Americans think that's a good idea.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 54% of Adults think people who smoke should pay higher health insurance rates than non-smokers. Thirty-eight percent (38%) disagree and do not think smokers should be charged more. (To see survey question wording, click here. 

Not surprisingly, just 12% of current smokers like the idea of higher health insurance rates. Seventy percent (70%) of non-smokers and a plurality (49%) of former smokers, however, think smokers should pay more.

In October 2009, 50% of adults favored making government workers who smoke pay more for health insurance

That same month, 30% of adults said overweight workers should also pay higher health insurance premiums.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on November 14-15, 2010 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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