Distribution of most urgent health problems facing the U.S. perceived by Americans in 2016

Most urgent health problems as perceived by Americans 2016 This statistic shows a distribution of the most urgent health problems as perceived by Americans in 2016. As of 2016, some 12 percent of respondents perceived cancer as the main health problem for the United States.
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Percentage of respondents
Cost27%
Access20%
Cancer12%
Obesity8%
Diabetes3%
Drug/ alcohol abuse3%
Mental illness3%
Flu/viruses2%
Heart disease2%
Finding cures for diseases1%
Government intereference*1%
AIDS*1%
Bioterrorism0%
Other8%
No opinion11%
Percentage of respondents
Cost27%
Access20%
Cancer12%
Obesity8%
Diabetes3%
Drug/ alcohol abuse3%
Mental illness3%
Flu/viruses2%
Heart disease2%
Finding cures for diseases1%
Government intereference*1%
AIDS*1%
Bioterrorism0%
Other8%
No opinion11%
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This statistic shows a distribution of the most urgent health problems as perceived by Americans in 2016. As of 2016, some 12 percent of respondents perceived cancer as the main health problem for the United States.
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Release date
December 2016
Region
United States
Survey time period
November 9 to 13, 2016
Number of respondents
1,019 respondents
Age group
18 years and older
Method of interview
Telephone interview
Supplementary notes
Original question: "What would you say is the most urgent health problem facing this country at the present time?"
Percentage may not equal 100 percent due to rounding.
* Less than 1 percent.

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