Poll: Public conflicted over 'nanny state' laws

May 25, 2012

You already know patients have conflicting feelings about being told how to live healthier lives. Those same feelings apply to laws aimed at helping people make healthier choices.

You already know patients have conflicting feelings about being told how to live healthier lives. Those same feelings apply to laws aimed at helping people make better health choices.

A recent Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll found that most Americans have mixed feelings when it comes to laws that seek to influence individual behavior on everything from smoking and diet to cell phone use.

A large majority of respondents (81%) agreed-and 33% of respondents agreed strongly-that laws aimed at protecting public health and safety, are important to keeping Americans safe. At the same time, 61% of respondents worried that the laws might impinge on personal freedoms.