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Table 3 Comparison of support for smoke-free spaces: public opinion, health policy maker opinion, and health policy advisor assessment of public opinion

From: Do health policy advisors know what the public wants? An empirical comparison of how health policy advisors assess public preferences regarding smoke-free air, and what the public actually prefers

  Group
A. Public opinion B. Health policy advisor opinion C. Health policy advisor assessment of public opinion
  Mean Std N Mean Std N Mean Std N
Bars and pubs 100% (p = .0069) 1 5.21 2.35 473 6.35 1.23 34 4.29 1.70 31
Health care entrances (p < .0001) 1 6.53 1.41 501 6.71 0.72 34 4.73 1.86 30
Train platforms (p = .0170) 1 4.59 2.51 498 5.82 1.36 33 3.68 1.94 31
Cars with children (p = .0021) 1 6.63 1.27 503 6.91 0.51 34 5.48 1.88 31
College campus (p = .4573) 1 3.44 2.52 499 4.44 1.88 34 3.10 2.02 31
Parks, beaches, pools (p = .3371) 1 3.00 2.38 498 4.15 1.71 34 2.58 1.96 31
Multi-dweller apt. common areas (p = .0001)1 5.95 1.92 500 6.50 1.02 34 4.58 2.08 31
Desire (constructed variable) 1 (p < .0001) 5.06 1.33 504 5.84 0.75 34 4.06 1.24 31
  1. 1 Denotes comparison A. Public Opinion vs. C. Health Policy Advisor assessment of public opinion.