2014 KY Health Issues Poll Summary

In Fall 2014, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Interact for Health sponsored the Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), a telephone survey to find out what Kentuckians think about various health issues that impact our communities, our state, and our nation. This report presents the views expressed by respondents from the Western Kentucky Region. About 27% of Kentuckians live in this 42-county region. In general, responses from Western Kentucky residents were comparable to the state as a whole. Like the statewide results, in Western Kentucky:

• The majority of adults favored a statewide, smoke-free law (65%)

• A slim majority favored adding an excise tax to e-cigarettes (51%)

• A majority said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should regulate the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes (62%)

• A substantial majority favored expanding the Kentucky law on domestic violence protection orders to include dating partners (79%)

• Respondents were nearly evenly divided on the idea of taxing soda and other sugary drinks to pay for school nutrition and physical activity programs

• A majority favored adding a warning label to soda and other sugary drinks (73%)

• About 1 in 10 Western Kentucky adults aged 18 to 64 were uninsured (11%)

• A majority reported having a usual and appropriate source of healthcare (71%)

• A vast majority had not communicated with their doctor electronically via text, email or a website (80%)

• Less than 1 in 10 knew a friend or family member who has experienced problems because of heroin use (7%)

• One in 3 had trouble paying medical bills in the past 12 months (34%)

• About 1 in 3 reported a favorable opinion about the Affordable Care Act (35%)

• Four in 10 adults report “excellent” or “very good” health (42%)