The highly contentious 2020 U.S. presidential election is about a month away—and key topics in health care have skyrocketed to the forefront of the debate. According to an article in The Lancet, “the 2020 US election comes at a moment when access to health care hangs in the balance in an unprecedented way in the country’s history.”
In a poll of about 350 Sermo physicians, 58% said health care topics are top of mind as they consider who to vote for in November. When asked which candidate has presented the best health care proposal so far, 50% said Biden, 40% said Trump, and 10% said other. Forty-seven percent believe the development of the Covid-19 vaccine will play a role in who people vote for. When asked about why the vice presidential candidates seem more critical and prominent than in previous years, 49% said they believe it’s due to the age of both presidents; 19% said it’s due to the social and health care issues that are top of mind for U.S. voters; another 19% said it’s due to the high contention between the Republican and Democratic parties; and 13% said it’s due to the personality of both presidential candidates.
When it’s time to vote for the U.S. president, 42% of physicians said they plan to vote in person; 33% said via mail-in ballot, and 25% said other.