CHCF Poll Finds Wide Support for State, Local Health Departments in COVID-19 Fight

The California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) yesterday released results of its 2021 CHCF California Health Policy Survey, an annual representative statewide survey of California residents that was conducted between November 2020 and January 2021. The poll includes Californians’ experiences of the health care system in the last year and the health policy agenda they want to set for state policymakers.

The number one health-related priority for Californians is making sure state and county health departments have the resources they need to control the spread of COVID-19, with 59 percent of respondents indicating the issue is “extremely important” and 26 percent indicating the issue is “very important.” Nearly three in four Californians (71 percent) indicate they will receive the COVID-19 vaccine once widely available. Large majorities of residents trust health care providers, federal health agencies, and public health departments to provide them accurate information about the vaccine.

The poll additionally found that about half of Californians acknowledge it is harder for black people (51 percent) and Latino/a people (49 percent) to get the health care they need compared to white people. Of those who believe it is harder, at least three of four think the federal government (86 percent), health insurance plans (82 percent), state government (78 percent), and individual health providers (75 percent) are doing too little to address racial and ethnic inequality in the health system. The CHCF poll additionally covered areas related to health care costs, homelessness, and other key issues.

The full CHCF poll is available here.