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AARP July 2004 Rx Importation Survey

Summary of Findings

This public survey of individuals aged 50 and over was conducted this past weekend (7/9/2004 8 PM EST to 7/12/2004 9 AM EST). Data was gathered on-line by Knowledge Networks from a nationally representative sample of 1,267 respondents. The margin of error is 2.5 percentage points. 49% of the sample are AARP members. Ideological orientation of the sample is 25% liberal, 34% moderate, and 41% conservative. Selected findings include:

  • When presented with the primary arguments for and against legalizing the re-importation of drugs from Canada, 79% of our sample believes that re-importation should be legalized. Only 9% said it should not be legalized, while 13% are still unsure.
  • 73% of adults aged 50+ would consider re-importing drugs if they had the opportunity to do so. 21% would not consider re-importation, and 6% are unsure.
  • 86% of the older population wants Congress to give top or high priority to passing legislation that addresses the rising cost of prescription drugs.
  • 79% of the older population considers the issue of access to lower priced prescription drugs to be very or somewhat important to their decision about which candidate to vote for this November (42% very; 37% somewhat). 21% said this issue is not important to their votes this November.
  • 62% of people 50+ would be very or somewhat more likely to vote for their senators or representative because they supported legislation to make legal the re-importation of drugs from Canada. Only 4% said candidate support for this legislation would make them less likely to vote for their senators or representative, while 34% said it would make no difference to their votes.
  • When provided with a simple description of the Dorgan/Snowe legislation, 74% of the older population said they think their senators should vote to pass it. While only 5% said their senators should not vote for the bill, a substantial 21% could not answer this question, suggesting that more information about the legislation and about re-importation is necessary for a full public debate.

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