Nearly three-quarters of Americans say they have ever or usually experienced some kind of mental illness at some point in their lives, according to a new poll.
The Gallup survey, conducted last month and released Thursday, also found that while about half of Americans have never experienced a mental illness or worry about one, nearly one-third say they or someone they know has been treated for one or more mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder.
The poll also found more than a third say they worry about the future of their children, a number that has risen from 28% in 2007 to 43% in 2016.
More than two-thirds say they are worried about the cost of health care, a new survey released Wednesday finds.
The report, which was conducted by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, found that a majority of Americans, including nearly two-fifths, say that if they could all have the care they need today, they would have it for themselves and their families.
But the survey also found an increasing number of Americans are concerned about the economic consequences of mental health care for the future.
Nearly half, including 41% of Republicans and 48% of Democrats, say it would cost more to provide mental health services to the country today than it would if people could all get the care their family needs.
The survey also suggests Americans are increasingly willing to say that mental illness should be considered a serious public health issue, with support for that sentiment rising from 21% in 2015 to 34% in the latest survey.
But about half, like those who say mental illness will be a problem for their children and grandchildren in a few years, say they do not want to see the issue be more public.
About two-quarters, including 54% of Republican and Democratic voters, say the current state of mental care for people with mental illness in the United States is “very good.”
The survey of 2,004 adults was conducted Feb. 9-11 among a random national sample of 1,039 adults, and it has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.1 percentage points.