Poll Tracks Importance Of Health Care To Voters

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Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008, Kaiser Family Foundation: Health care remains the top domestic issue that the public wants presidential candidates to address, trailing only Iraq on the public's overall priority list, according to the latest in a new series of tracking polls on health care and the election from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The June poll finds that 43% of adults cite Iraq as one of the most important issues for presidential candidates to talk about, followed by health care (21%). Iraq ranks first among Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike. Health care ranks second among Democrats and Independents, while Republicans rank immigration slightly ahead of health (20% vs. 18%). The tracking poll also assesses the public's perceptions of individual candidates and their health agendas. It is available online.

The poll is part of a broader effort by the Kaiser Family Foundation to provide a central hub for resources and information about health policy issues in the 2008 election. In the next few weeks, the Kaiser Family Foundation will launch a new Web site that will include analysis of policy issues, regular public opinion surveys, daily news updates, video of speeches and debates from the campaign trail, original interviews and resources for journalists covering the election. The new site will be available at www.health08.org (Kaiser Family Foundation release, 6/20).

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