Americans believe they can do a better job of improving healthcare quality than national lawmakers can, according to a newly released poll.
The poll of 850 registered voters by Luntz Research Cos., Arlington, Va., found that only 29% of those surveyed believe legislation is more effective than personal initiative in improving healthcare, while 60% thought personal initiative would lead to better results.
The poll also found that 14% of those surveyed would rely on the government to improve healthcare, while 73% wanted to rely on themselves.
In addition, the poll found that 39% of Americans have total or significant confidence that their insurer or HMO would "do everything in its power" to provide the best medical care. Some 31% said they have some confidence, while 22% said they have little or no confidence.
Frank Luntz, head of the research firm, said the poll shows that voters distrust government interventions in the healthcare marketplace.