Poll: Health studies attract big attention

Oct. 18, 2007 at 10:37 PM
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The vast majority of people in the United States pay attention to the results of health studies, a new poll indicated.

Twenty-one percent of people interviewed for the MSN-Zogby poll said they pay a great deal of attention to the results of health studies, while 62 percents said they pay some attention and 16 percent said they pay little attention.

Zogby found that when faced with conflicting health studies, most people say more studies are needed.

When several health studies produce conflicting results, 55 percent say the lack of consensus makes them think the subject is very complicated and needs more study. One in four, however, say conflicting health studies make them much less likely to believe studies on that subject, and 14 percent say it makes them think all health studies are unreliable, Zogby reported.

The survey of 7,102 adults carries a margin of error of plus or minus 1.2 percent.

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