A new survey released by The Hill on Tuesday finds that a majority of Democrats and independents would support a federal solution to address the nation’s opioid crisis, while just 30 percent would back a national solution.
The survey by the Partnership for a Healthier America, a nonpartisan group, asked 4,100 Americans whether they support a plan to expand access to prescription opioids for chronic pain and other medical conditions, and the results showed that a broad majority of Americans support that.
But a majority also would oppose an increase in prescription opioid prices, with 38 percent of Democrats saying they support that and just 25 percent of independents.
A majority of Republicans also oppose an expansion of prescription opioid pricing, with 47 percent of Republicans in favor of that and 35 percent of Independents.
Only 28 percent of Americans overall would support increasing federal prescription opioid costs, while 23 percent of voters overall would oppose that.
Respondents were also asked which candidate would make the best contribution to addressing the opioid epidemic, with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Republican, receiving the most votes at 48 percent.
A plurality of Democrats also supported Bloomberg’s plan, with a majority backing it as well, with 31 percent of those polled saying they supported Bloomberg and 24 percent supporting the opioid plan.
More than four in 10 voters overall supported a plan that would reduce the number of people on the streets of the U.S. by giving them access to medication-assisted treatment, according to the poll.
A majority of Indivisible members supported the plan, while a majority would not.
More Indivisibles have also said they would support the Bloomberg plan, and a majority said they support it overall.
A number of Indies have said they will support Bloomberg’s proposal, while nearly as many Indigos said they oppose it overall, with 40 percent saying they would not support Bloomberg and 20 percent saying it would not be helpful.