Poll: Americans back higher insurance rates for smokers, not obese

Slightly fewer U.S. adults endorse higher rates for these individuals now than when Gallup first asked the question — in 2003, 65% said higher rates for smokers would be justified and 43% felt the same about significantly overweight individuals.

Much of the decline in perceptions that higher rates for smokers are justified has been along political lines. While Republicans and independents hold similar views now to what they did in 2003, Democrats have become significantly less likely to find this justifiable — dropping from 64% in 2003 to 55% today.