Too many prescription drugs?
A slight majority of Americans think doctors write too many prescriptions for drugs to give to their patients. In a Poll Position national telephone survey, 52% said there are too many prescriptions written for drugs by doctors, 25% do not think so, 23% had no opinion.
Fifty-nine percent of African-Americans thought doctors give too many prescription drugs to their patients, 24% did not, 18% had no opinion. Among whites, 53% thought too many prescription drugs are given to patients, 26% did not, 21% had no opinion.
Men thought too man prescription drugs were given out by 53% versus 20% who did not, 26% had no opinion. Women countered with 51% saying too many prescriptions are written for drugs, 29% did not think so, and 20% did not have an opinion.
Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,168 registered voters nationwide was conducted November 22, 2011 and has a margin of error of ±3%. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.
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