Following a poll conducted Aug. 21-23 by Public Opinion Strategies, which showed two-thirds of Scottsdale voters (67 percent) supported City Council approval for the proposed Banner Health Medical Campus, a recent survey of likely 2024 Scottsdale voters found more than 82.5% of Scottsdale residents surveyed think the number of hospitals and medical facilities in the city is about right. Only 11.2% felt there are not enough facilities.
The survey was conducted by HighGround Public Affairs and is based on a City of Scottsdale survey of likely 2024 municipal voters balanced across age, party and regional demographics to reflect turnout.
Of area hospitals, HonorHealth had the highest approval rating in the survey at 79.8%, followed closely by Mayo Clinic at 77.6%. Banner Health’s approval rating is 58.1%, with 32.4% saying they have no opinion or knowledge about the hospital chain. And 74.5% rate hospital service in Scottsdale as excellent or very good. The Scottsdale Fire Fighters Association received a 76.3% favorable rating.
“Scottsdale enjoys an outstanding level of healthcare and this survey backs that up,” stated President of the Scottsdale Fire Fighters Association, Sasha Weller. “Now is not the time to jeopardize a system that is working so well by exacerbating a shortage of medical professionals in the area. The Association has no issues with Banner Health, just with their proposal. We have worked with HonorHealth for decades and applaud their more than 60 years of service to Scottsdale.”
Traffic and congestion is the largest challenge facing Scottsdale according to the survey; 29.7% of those surveyed placed traffic first; only 1.7% listed healthcare.
After hearing arguments for and against the proposed hospital, likely Scottsdale voters in the 85255 zip code, the area near the potential site, are divided on the issue with 47.6% in opposition, a number that appears to be climbing according to emails being sent to the Scottsdale City Council from that area.
The survey also found likely voters are generally happy with the direction Scottsdale is headed; 57.6% said the city is moving in the right direction.