Conducted by the firm Lake Research Partners, the new poll (pdf) shows that 87% of voters over the age of 65—including 89% of Democrats, 87% of Republicans, and 81% of independents—support allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices, which it is currently barred from doing under federal law.
The survey also found that 31% of Republican seniors would be more likely to vote for a Democrat who supports ongoing congressional efforts to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices, indicating a substantial political upside for candidates who back the idea—which would lower federal spending by an estimated (pdf) $456 billion over ten years and potentially save patients thousands of dollars.
On the flip side, 55% of seniors said they would be less likely to support a Democratic candidate opposed to the popular reform, including 60% of Democratic seniors, 53% Republican seniors, and 49% of independent seniors.
Richard Fiesta, executive director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, said in a statement that the survey results “have major implications for both Democrats and Republicans in the 2022 midterm elections. “Americans pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs, and they want lawmakers to take action now to lower the amount they pay at the pharmacy counter,” said Fiesta. “This poll confirms that high drug prices are a top-of-mind issue for seniors when making voting decisions.”
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