POLL: American Voters Overwhelmingly Agree that Fentanyl Use is as Major Problem
According to a Rasmussen poll published on September 29, 2022, Americans largely agree that the opioid drug fentanyl is a major problem, and the problems associated with it are only worsening.
This Rasmussen poll found that 91% of likely US voters believe fentanyl is causing serious problems stateside. This includes 73% who indicated that it’s a very serious problem.
In 2021, there were roughly 71,000 fentanyl overdose deaths in the United States. This represented a 23% increase from 2020, per figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Though the poll noted that only 31% of voters correctly replied that fentanyl killed north of 50,000 Americans in 2021.
18% believe fentanyl overdoses resulted in the deaths of between 20,000 and 50,000 people. 17% believe between 10,000 and 20,000 people died from fentanyl overdoses, while 29% are unsure.
72% of voters indicated that the fentanyl problem in America has worsened in the past two years. On the other hand, only 8% believe the problem has improved. 12% believe the fentanyl problem has remained the same.
Most voters don’t trust either party to handle the fentanyl issue effectively. 36% of voters trust Republicans to take this issue head on, while only 32% of voters trust Democrats to handle this topic. By contrast, 28% indicated that there is not much of a difference between the two parties on the fentanyl question.
68% of Republican voters trust their party to handle the growing fentanyl problem, whereas 63% of Democrats trust their own party on taking on the fentanyl problem.
As for independent voters, 30% trust Republicans most and 21% trust Democrats most to handle the fentanyl problem, while 41% believe there’s not much of a difference between the two parties on this issue.
83% of Republicans, 61% of Democrats, and 74% of independent voters believe the fentanyl problem has worsened in the last two years.
75% of white, 78% of black, and 62% of non-white minorities view fentanly as a “very serious” problem in America.
Voters making over $100,000 are less likely to view America’s fentanyl problem as a pressing issue in the last two years. On the other hand, voters making between $50,000 and $100,000 are most likely to trust Republicans to handle the fentanyl problem.
The cold hard truth is that both Republicans and Democrats, in their present configuration, are not equipped to handle the fentanyl problem. Only the America First movement, through its advocacy of strong, closed borders and punitive measures against corporations that work against Middle America, is the only serious political movement to handle this problem.
As long as we have a pro-corporate and pro-mass migration political establishment in power, the fentanyl problem will only grow worse.