Basic access index values in the U.S. in 2012, by political affiliation and issue

This statistic shows the basic access index values for different issues surrounding health for residents in the United States as of 2012, by political affiliation. On average Republicans enjoyed slightly better rates of access than other Americans. On the issue of health insurance, Republicans had a basic access index score of 89 compared to 84.7 for Democrats and 78.3 for Independents and others.

The Basic Access Index is a 13-item measure of Americans' access to basic necessities, ranging from food and shelter to clean water and healthcare.

Basic access index scores in the area of health for residents of the United States in 2012, by political party affiliation

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Release date

August 2012


United States

Survey time period

January 2, 2011 to March 31, 2012

Number of respondents

405,554 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

The Basic Access Index measures Americans' access to necessities crucial to high well-being and includes 13 items:
Satisfaction with community or area
Area getting better as a place to live
Clean water
Safe place to exercise
Affordable fruits and vegetables
Feel safe walking alone at night
Enough money for food
Enough money for shelter
Enough money for healthcare
Visited a dentist recently
Access to a doctor
Access to health insurance.

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