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A new Morning Consult poll, commissioned by the advocacy group The Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing, says Coloradans want Republicans and Democrats to work together to solve the high drug prices.

“Voters in Colorado are demanding urgent action from their elected leaders in Congress to hold Big Pharma accountable and lower prescription drug prices,” CSRxP executive director Lauren Aronson said in a statement. “There is overwhelming support, across every ideological and party affiliation, for bipartisan solutions that will disincentivize Big Pharma’s price-gouging, keep price hikes below the rate of inflation, cap out-of-pocket costs for seniors, increase competition and boost transparency.”

The findings aren't surprising: 71% blame high drug prices on pharmaceutical companies, and 92% see drug prices as a “very important” or “somewhat important” issue confronting Americans.

The group surveyed voters in five states: Colorado, Arizona, Georgia, Iowa and Maine. The states are considered key in next year's races that will control the majority in the U.S. Senate. Colorado's Cory Gardner is considered one of the most endangered Republicans in the upper chamber, running in a state Donald Trump lost in 2016 and where recent polls show Trump and Gardner are unpopular.

In Colorado, a sample of 1,000 participants took part in the online poll, which was conducted between Nov. 12  and Nov. 18. The data was weighted based on age, education, gender and race, resulting in a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The survey indicated 72% support of Colorado voters favor the bipartisan Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act currently in the Senate, and 5% oppose it. 

The American Hospital Association opposes the bill because of its potential impact on reimbursements.

"The Medicare Part B payment mechanisms available to Congress to address drug pricing does not simply affect drug companies, but involve the physicians and hospitals that administer the drugs to patients," the organization said in a letter to Congress in July.

Democratic Gov. Jared Polis is working on measures to curb prescription and insurance prices in Colorado, the cornerstone of his campaign and first-term efforts in his first year.

The summary of the full Morning Consult survey can be found by clicking here.

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