About the CNN/KFF mental health survey


The CNN/KFF Mental Health Survey is a joint project of CNN and the Kaiser Family Foundation designed to assess Americans’ perspectives on mental health and mental health care in the United States today. Surveys were conducted by SSRS from July 28 to August 9, 2022 with a random national sample of 2,004 adults, including an oversample of parents who were weighted according to their appropriate share of the adult population.

The survey is based on two samples, one drawn from a nationally representative online panel and the other from a sample of dual-frame random-dial telephones. In the first, 1,603 adults were selected and interviewed online via the SSRS probability-based opinion panel. In the second, 401 adults were reached on landlines or cell phones and interviewed by a live interviewer. The interviews were conducted in English and Spanish.

Samples were combined and weighted to demographically match the national adult population of the United States, using data from the Census Bureau’s 2021 Current Population Survey (CPS). Weighting parameters included gender, age, education, race/ethnicity, region, parental status, party identity, and education. The sample was also weighted to account for patterns of civic engagement and frequency of internet use. More details on survey sampling and weighting can be found here. Results for the full sample have a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. The results among parents have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 6 percentage points.

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