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New research by market firm Ipsos and news website Axios suggests Americans are surprisingly united by public health concerns. According to the new data, fully half of all Americans say the government’s number one public health priority should be lowering costs for health care and prescription drugs. That’s more than triple the 14% of people who voted for the second-place priority of reducing gun deaths. Researching cures for major diseases was also listed as a priority by 14% of people, tying for second place.

The data comes from The Axois-Ipsos American Health Index, which surveyed 1,213 American adults in February of 2023. It found that, in addition to lower health care costs, citizens were concerned about ensuring the safety of existing health practices, prioritized by 7% of survey respondents, and reducing deaths from overdoses and accidents, prioritized by 7% of respondents.

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