Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #23629
 
Ohio Voters Not Yet Focused on Issue #2, The Drug Price Relief Act: Half Aren't Sure
How They Will Vote When Marking November Ballot; Other Half Break 2:1 in Favor:

3 months until state of Ohio voters have their say on Issue 2, the Drug Price Relief Act, support for the measure is greater than opposition, according to first-look polling conducted by SurveyUSA for WOIO-TV in Cleveland. At this hour, 30% are certain to vote in favor of the the ballot measure, 15% are certain to vote against. More significantly, 54% of voters statewide are not yet certain how they will vote on 2.

The law, if passed, would place a cap on how much the state of Ohio could pay for prescription drugs when a state agency, such as the Ohio Department of Medicaid, purchases medications from a pharmaceutical company. The initiative would make it law that the state of Ohio cannot spend more when it purchases prescription drugs than the United States government Department of Veterans Affairs pay for drugs.

At this hour, just 6% of Ohio voters say they understand Issue 2 "very well." Almost 6 in 10 say they don't know much, if anything, about the issue. Voters split on the impact of Issue 2: 23% say the cost of their own prescription drugs would go up if 2 becomes law, 15% say the cost of their drugs would go down, 26% say they would pay about the same price, and a plurality, 36%, aren't sure what the impact of 2 would be.

About: SurveyUSA interviewed 600 adults from the state of Ohio 08/01/17 through 08/06/17. Of the adults, 532 were registered to vote in the state of Ohio and were asked the substantive questions. Caution: Opposition to ballot measures, having nothing to do uniquely with Ohio and having nothing to do uniquely with 2017, grows as Election Day approaches. Supporters of Issue #2 should be circumspect when drawing inferences from these findings. A similar ballot measure in the state of California was narrowly defeated in November 2016, after two early polls showed the California measure leading 3:1.
 
1On November 7, Ohioans will have the chance to vote on Issue 2, the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act. If you were filling out your ballot right now, would you be certain to vote Yes on issue 2? Certain to vote No? Or are you not certain how you would vote on Issue 2?
532 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationParty AggregatedIdeologyIdeology AggregatedInsuranceEducationIncomeUrbanityRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 4.3 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackStrong RRepublicIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaDemocratStrong DRepublicIndependDemocratVery ConSomewhatModerateSomewhatVery LibConservaModerateLiberalEmployerMedicareMedicaidSelf-purUninsureHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRuralToledo ADayton ACincinnaColumbusClevelanSE Ohio
Yes30%32%28%46%36%25%21%41%24%27%50%32%18%37%26%23%40%35%22%29%38%33%27%33%28%35%28%33%30%34%22%40%23%23%24%34%30%25%35%32%29%30%31%25%35%25%34%30%**
No15%15%15%8%12%19%18%10%19%17%10%20%16%16%6%11%18%23%17%10%20%18%15%14%19%13%16%14%17%13%18%16%17%19%22%16%12%20%11%15%23%12%17%16%16%16%13%15%**
Not Certain54%52%56%46%52%56%61%49%58%56%40%48%67%47%68%65%42%42%61%61%42%49%58%53%53%53%56%53%53%53%59%44%60%58%55%50%58%55%54%53%49%58%52%59%49%59%53%55%**
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%49%51%18%22%36%24%40%60%84%12%8%18%11%15%9%22%14%26%35%37%8%23%38%17%11%31%38%28%45%25%14%8%5%21%35%44%39%35%25%20%53%26%9%11%15%21%40%3%
 
 
2At this hour, how well would you say you understand Issue 2? Very well? Somewhat well? Not very well? Or not at all well?
532 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationParty AggregatedIdeologyIdeology AggregatedInsuranceEducationIncomeUrbanityRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 4.3 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackStrong RRepublicIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaDemocratStrong DRepublicIndependDemocratVery ConSomewhatModerateSomewhatVery LibConservaModerateLiberalEmployerMedicareMedicaidSelf-purUninsureHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRuralToledo ADayton ACincinnaColumbusClevelanSE Ohio
Very6%7%6%11%8%6%1%9%4%5%10%14%2%6%6%4%3%15%6%5%8%14%4%3%4%18%7%3%10%8%3%7%4%9%8%3%8%5%6%8%7%8%2%3%2%5%6%9%**
Somewhat35%37%33%39%42%31%30%41%31%33%45%25%27%37%34%35%48%29%27%35%41%30%30%41%37%31%30%41%35%35%31%43%33%34%28%42%32%34%36%35%39%32%38%39%42%39%37%29%**
Not Very35%33%37%30%31%40%34%31%38%36%23%33%38%43%36%29%31%34%36%36%32%29%43%31%37%33%40%31%35%35%38%36%25%27%36%36%33%36%36%32%28%35%39%23%34%31%40%36%**
Not At All23%23%23%19%17%21%33%18%26%24%19%25%32%15%24%31%16%19%30%23%18%25%23%24%21%18%23%24%20%21%26%12%36%30%26%17%25%22%22%24%23%24%20%35%22%25%15%24%**
Not Sure1%1%1%1%1%2%1%1%2%1%3%2%1%0%1%2%2%2%1%1%2%2%1%2%0%1%1%2%0%1%2%2%2%0%2%1%1%2%1%1%3%1%1%0%0%1%2%2%**
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%49%51%18%22%36%24%40%60%84%12%8%18%11%15%9%22%14%26%35%37%8%23%38%17%11%31%38%28%45%25%14%8%5%21%35%44%39%35%25%20%53%26%9%11%15%21%40%3%
 
 
3Just your best guess: If Issue 2 passes, will you, personally, end up paying more for prescription medications than you do now? Will you end up paying less? Or will you end up paying the same amount as you do now?
532 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationParty AggregatedIdeologyIdeology AggregatedInsuranceEducationIncomeUrbanityRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 4.3 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackStrong RRepublicIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaDemocratStrong DRepublicIndependDemocratVery ConSomewhatModerateSomewhatVery LibConservaModerateLiberalEmployerMedicareMedicaidSelf-purUninsureHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRuralToledo ADayton ACincinnaColumbusClevelanSE Ohio
Pay More23%25%21%14%23%30%19%19%26%23%22%31%17%20%25%29%20%28%21%24%23%24%23%22%31%10%23%22%23%25%20%20%28%13%28%24%20%23%22%25%25%22%25%21%24%21%25%22%**
Pay Less15%18%12%27%16%14%6%21%11%14%20%13%12%19%12%17%17%16%12%15%17%19%17%9%17%27%18%9%21%17%6%17%12%35%13%15%16%11%18%17%11%18%12%11%11%20%19%13%**
Pay The Same26%26%26%34%29%22%24%31%23%26%25%30%24%32%23%19%34%22%26%25%30%20%26%30%21%29%25%30%24%26%24%37%19%20%17%32%26%25%29%23%23%24%35%24%33%18%26%28%**
Not Sure36%30%41%26%32%33%51%29%40%37%32%26%47%29%41%35%28%34%41%36%30%37%33%39%32%34%34%39%33%32%49%25%40%33%41%29%39%41%30%35%41%37%28%44%31%41%30%37%**
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%49%51%18%22%36%24%40%60%84%12%8%18%11%15%9%22%14%26%35%37%8%23%38%17%11%31%38%28%45%25%14%8%5%21%35%44%39%35%25%20%53%26%9%11%15%21%40%3%
 
 
4The campaign for Issue 2 has been primarily funded by the California AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Does this make you more likely to vote Yes on Issue 2? Does it make you more likely to vote No? Or does it make no difference?
532 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationParty AggregatedIdeologyIdeology AggregatedInsuranceEducationIncomeUrbanityRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 4.3 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackStrong RRepublicIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaDemocratStrong DRepublicIndependDemocratVery ConSomewhatModerateSomewhatVery LibConservaModerateLiberalEmployerMedicareMedicaidSelf-purUninsureHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRuralToledo ADayton ACincinnaColumbusClevelanSE Ohio
Yes14%14%14%33%16%8%6%24%7%12%24%14%2%7%18%28%13%21%6%17%16%15%5%9%20%39%7%9%27%11%10%20%13%31%15%9%17%13%16%12%15%14%12%6%12%16%18%13%**
No19%26%13%10%18%22%24%14%23%20%10%53%25%20%10%17%19%7%33%15%15%46%31%16%10%6%35%16%8%23%19%8%23%17%15%24%18%12%22%28%12%20%24%15%24%23%19%17%**
No Difference55%51%59%50%59%57%54%55%56%58%42%29%62%66%60%47%59%49%52%58%55%29%56%64%58%39%49%64%51%56%54%64%56%40%54%58%53%60%54%50%59%53%57%72%57%54%52%53%**
Not Sure11%9%14%8%7%13%16%8%14%10%24%5%10%8%12%8%9%23%8%10%14%11%8%12%11%16%9%12%13%10%17%9%7%12%16%9%11%16%8%9%14%12%7%7%7%7%10%17%**
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%49%51%18%22%36%24%40%60%84%12%8%18%11%15%9%22%14%26%35%37%8%23%38%17%11%31%38%28%45%25%14%8%5%21%35%44%39%35%25%20%53%26%9%11%15%21%40%3%
 
 
5The campaign against Issue 2 has been primarily funded by drug companies. Does this make you more likely to vote yes on Issue 2? Does it make you more likely to vote no? Or does it make no difference?
532 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationParty AggregatedIdeologyIdeology AggregatedInsuranceEducationIncomeUrbanityRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 4.3 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackStrong RRepublicIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaDemocratStrong DRepublicIndependDemocratVery ConSomewhatModerateSomewhatVery LibConservaModerateLiberalEmployerMedicareMedicaidSelf-purUninsureHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRuralToledo ADayton ACincinnaColumbusClevelanSE Ohio
Yes32%37%28%39%34%29%31%36%30%32%24%35%22%27%36%44%33%37%25%35%35%24%27%31%44%39%27%31%42%35%32%32%25%20%31%27%38%31%31%36%30%34%32%33%30%28%34%35%**
No30%26%34%29%19%33%36%24%34%32%21%25%35%31%29%34%33%21%32%31%29%26%29%34%28%25%28%34%27%28%36%21%37%43%29%34%28%31%32%27%22%32%32%31%44%34%34%23%**
No Difference25%28%21%21%35%24%19%29%22%25%31%25%30%30%25%17%23%23%28%25%23%36%28%24%18%24%30%24%20%25%16%36%34%23%25%26%23%24%25%25%35%21%24%25%14%24%26%28%**
Not Sure13%9%16%11%11%14%14%11%14%11%25%15%14%12%10%5%11%19%14%9%14%14%15%11%11%13%15%11%12%12%16%11%5%15%16%13%11%14%12%12%13%13%12%11%13%14%6%15%**
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%49%51%18%22%36%24%40%60%84%12%8%18%11%15%9%22%14%26%35%37%8%23%38%17%11%31%38%28%45%25%14%8%5%21%35%44%39%35%25%20%53%26%9%11%15%21%40%3%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.