Despite long-held beliefs that rural Americans don’t want help from the government or outsiders, a recent poll says that could be changing.
NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the T.H. Chan School of Public Health polled rural Americans and found that rugged individualism may be giving way to pragmatism in the face of serious concern about drug addiction and local economies. Fifty-eight percent of those polled said they would accept outside help.
“I think that’s a surprise for a lot of people,” said Robert Blendon, professor of health policy and political analysis at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, according to NPR, “that there is a willingness—by most, not all—to reach out for outside help.”
The poll was conducted between June and August 2018.