June 9, 2011 Three-quarters of Americans favor insurance coverage of birth control pills, including under those policies bought with government assistance, an NPR-Thomson Reuters poll finds. Support is strongest among the young and those with at least a college degree.
June 1, 2011 An NPR-Thomson Reuters poll finds 52 percent of Americans believe abortion should remain legal in all or most cases. Yet 59 percent said they believe having an abortion is wrong.
January 26, 2011 A majority of Americans favor the stark cigarette labels FDA has proposed to deter smoking, according to a nationwide survey conducted by Thomson Reuters for NPR. About 42 percent of current smokers even support the tough warnings.
December 13, 2010 If the country added a 40 percent tax to the cost of store-bought sugary drinks, including sodas and sports drinks, it would cut about 12 calories from the daily total from beverages for the average American.
November 12, 2010 Only 25 percent of Americans are completely sure they understand genetically engineered food. Nearly two-thirds are uncertain about its safety. A majority are willing to eat genetically modified plants, but only about a third would try altered fish.
September 28, 2010 Most people don't check prices for health care before getting a diagnosis or treatment. Those who do prefer calling doctors' offices, a survey conducted for NPR finds. Overall, the prices quoted in advance were accurate.
July 27, 2010 Recalls of tainted lettuce, ground beef laced with a dangerous E. coli strain, and the giant oil spill in the Gulf have dented the public's perception of food safety.
July 2, 2010 Nearly one-third of people say health claims in ads for nutritional supplements can't be trusted. Only about 4 percent find them to be very trustworthy.
July 1, 2010 Even though two-thirds of Americans recall having seen or heard a drug ad recently, only about 8 percent asked their doctors for a prescription.
June 7, 2010 Most Americans filled their last prescription with a generic medicine. And confidence in the no-name drugs runs high, with 90 percent of people saying they would use one instead of a brand.
April 22, 2010 Nearly three-quarters of Americans said they went to work sick in the last year, according to a survey that queried more than 3,000 people early this month. The top reason: lost wages.