Perspectives on being black in america today

Latest Polling
79%
Most Black adults say systemic racism is a major obstacle to Black people achieving equal outcomes with White people.
66%
Two out of three Black adults say the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic would be stronger if White people where getting sick and dying at higher rates than people of color.
71%
About 7 in 10 Black adults say unconscious bias has been an obstacle in their own life.
65%
Most Black adults are not confident that the development of the coronavirus vaccine is taking needs of Black people into account.

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  • Column

    Drew Altman: Black Americans Are More Skeptical of a Coronavirus Vaccine

    Drew Altman discusses how systemic racism has led to striking levels of reluctance to get a COVID-19 vaccine among Black Americans, including those at highest risk, and the challenge it presents for ending the pandemic.

  • Column

    Drew Altman: Drugs Aren’t the Reason the U.S. Spends So Much on Health Care

    Drew Altman’s column in Axios: the U.S. now spends twice per capita what other wealthy countries do on health care. But while drug costs get all the time in public debate, it’s hospital and outpatient spending that mostly explains the difference. And that will be impossible to take on without real pain and political risk, he says.

  • Column

    Drew Altman: Biden vs Trump on Health With Swing Voters

    Drawing on newly released KFF/Cook Political Report polling in key Sun Belt states, Drew Altman discusses how the 2020 election is more about President Trump but issues do matter. He says that swing voters in Florida, Arizona and North Carolina prefer Joe Biden over President Trump on more issues including health care and the coronavirus, but President Trump has the edge on their top issue, the economy. 

  • Featured Essay

    Drew Altman: Understanding the US Failure on Coronavirus

    For The BMJ, Drew Altman discusses two fundamental policy decisions made by the Trump administration that set the U.S. on the controversial and highly criticized course it has taken on COVID-19.

New & Noteworthy

Half of Older Adults in Worse Health Have Reported Anxiety or Depression During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Older adults who are already suffering from fair or poor health conditions and are at heightened risk of serious illness during the pandemic are also reporting anxiety and depression at higher rates.

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79%

In our October poll, 79% of the public say they do not want the Supreme Court to overturn the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions — up from 62% one year ago.

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