A new survey commissioned by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) finds that Americans strongly favor increased federal funding to improve the nation's public health system. (1) Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of Americans believe federal efforts to research and prevent disease should be increased. (2) For the fourth consecutive year, cancer ranks as Americans' top health concern, followed by heart disease, chemical terrorism, obesity, and diabetes. (3) Americans' concern about emergency health threats, including biological and chemical terrorism and food contamination, has grown dramatically in the past year. (4) More than half (53 percent) of Americans feel the country is unprepared for a pandemic flu outbreak, and 45 percent of Americans believe the country is unprepared to respond to a biological terrorism attack. The poll was conducted between January 18th and 22nd, 2007 among 1,015 adults, ages 18 and older. These findings only include the subset of 856 registered voters responding to the survey.
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