Health Ranks 3rd in March Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008

The March Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008 looks at where health care will fit in the ongoing presidential campaign now that economic concerns are rising. It finds that health care plays a role in two ways: as an independent issue, and as part of the voters’ growing concerns about the economy. Among registered voters, health care ranks third as an issue that they want presidential candidates to discuss during the campaign — named by 28 percent of voters, behind the economy (45 percent, double the level in December) and Iraq (32 percent). When asked about the most important economic concern facing their families, one in four voters cited the general issue of rising prices. Behind this general concern, the cost of health care is one of a number of more specific economic worries cited by similar shares of votes: high taxes (13 percent), the price of gasoline (11 percent), the cost of health care (10 percent), and problems with getting a good-paying job or a raise in pay (9 percent). The March survey — the sixth in a series — also takes a closer look at political independents and those who name health care as one of the most important issues in their vote for president. Full results.

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