Most Utahns say they’ll have adequate health insurance coverage during the next year

Perhaps because GOP President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress have failed to do anything about Obamacare, a new poll finds that three-fourths of Utahns are confident they will have adequate health care coverage this time next year.

The Dan Jones & Associates survey finds:

  • 75 percent say they are “very” or “somewhat” confident they will have adequate health insurance a year from now.
  • 22 percent are “not very” or “not at all” confident they will have insurance.
  • 2 percent don’t.


The U.S. House passed an Obamacare repeal last May. But Trump later called the measure “mean,” and Senate Republicans declared it dead on arrival.

Since then the GOP-controlled Senate has several times failed to pass a repeal and replace, and while different ideas continue to bubble up, it looks like the majority Senate Republicans are moving on to federal income tax reform – leaving health care reform undone.

In Utah, men are more positive about their health insurance stability than are women:

  • 54 percent of men are “very” confident they will have good health insurance a year from now, only 42 percent of women agree.
  • Overall, 78 percent of men say they will have health insurance next year, 72 percent of women believe they will.

As might be expected, Republicans are more positive than are Democrats and political independents:

  • Republicans say they will have good health care in 12 months, 83-14 percent.
  • Democrats believe it, 71-28 percent.
  • While political independents are less sure, 66-30 percent.

Those with just a high school degree are less sure than those with two-year college, four-year college and graduate degrees.

High school grads say they will have adequate health care insurance, 69-30 percent.

Those with some college up to Phds and Master’s Degrees find majorities well above 70 percent.

Jones polled 608 adults from Aug. 30 to Sept. 5. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.97 percent.