Have you ever participated in a public opinion poll?
If you watch any television news programs, listen to radio news, sign-up for a live Internet news feed or still read a daily newspaper, then there is a pretty good chance that daily the results of a new public opinion poll will be reported. Have you ever participated in a public opinion poll? Usually the interviewer will tell you "this survey will only take a few minutes," which may be true if you are just reading the questions; however, if the questions are thought provoking a few minutes might turn into 20 or 30 minutes.
When you hear the results of a poll, do you ever want to know more about the questions asked of the interviewees? Today we read a headline: "Majority of Americans say that doctors should have limits on pain medication prescribing." We wanted to know more...
Research!America - An Alliance For Discoveries In Health
According to their website, Research!America was founded in 1989 by a group of individuals, each realizing that there was a deficiency in funding for medical research and the lack of good research would affect Americans for generations.
National Poll: Chronic Pain and Drug Addiction
In March 2013, Zogby Analytics conducted an online National Poll On Chronic Pain for Research!America. 1,016 people participated in the survey and the results have a sampling error of +/- 3.1%. These participants were asked 16 questions. You can see all of the questions and the poll results here. Take the time to read all of the results.
Each of the 16 questions is thought provoking and each of the statistical results would make for a newsworthy headline. You can see from the related articles below that a number of news outlets zeroed in on the poll result that "chronic pain ranks well below drug addiction as a major health problem."
One question that caught our attention was: "Do you think doctors discuss the possibility of developing dependence or addiction to pain medication too much with their patients, not enough with their patients, or about the right amount with their patients?" The surveyed participants responded:
- 54% said "not enough"
- 21% said "the right amount"
- 17% said "not sure"
- 7% said "too much"