Most Americans think smokers and those who don't wear seatbelts should pay more for health insurance, but most do not think that overweight people or those who lack regular exercise should have to, according to a survey by Harris Interactive.
And when they were asked if people with unhealthy lifestyles should pay more for insurance premiums, co-payments and deductibles, about 36% of respondents said yes, while about 46% said no, according to the poll, released on Thursday.
Harris Interactive says this split in opinion reflects the education level of respondents. People who have a college education are much more supportive of taking financial responsibility for lifestyles than those with no more than a high school degree, the survey shows.
The company adds that people with less education are also much more likely to smoke, not wear seatbelts, be overweight and not exercise.
Specifically, the study finds that:
- 58% of respondents think smokers should pay more than nonsmokers, but 31% do not.
- 53% think those who do not wear seat belts should pay more, while 33% do not.
- 27% say people who are overweight should pay more, but 52% do not.
- 27% say those who do not exercise regularly should pay more, while 52% do not.