Middle-income U.S. residents are more likely to complain about the burden of health care costs than lower-income or higher-income residents are.
Art Swift, an analyst at Gallup, reported that finding today in a summary of results from Gallup’s Gallup Poll Social Series. He based the summary on answers collected in early January from 804 adults, ages 18 and older. Gallup asks each Social Series poll participant to tell it about the “most important financial problem” the participant’s family faces today.
This year, the participants seemed to be happier about the overall state of their finances than they were a year earlier: 17 percent said they had no important financial problems. That’s up from 12 percent in 2014. The level of participants reporting having no important financial problems is the highest it’s been since at least 2011.
The most common answer was “health care costs”: 14 percent of all participants cited health care costs as their top problem. That’s up from 12 percent in 2014, and up from 10 percent in 2013.