Poll Tracks Importance Of Health Care To Voters

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Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008, Kaiser Family Foundation:Iraq continues to lead the list of issues the public most wants thegovernment to address, with 42% naming it as one of the top two issues.Health care is once again the second most mentioned issue, and the topdomestic issue, with 27% citing it. With the primary campaign heatingup, the poll also asks a more immediate question -- what does thepublic want the presidential candidates to talk about in the campaignright now -- with slightly different results emerging.

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Health risessharply for Democrats, with the same percentage mentioning Iraq (42%)and health care (42%) -- the first time the two issues have been tied.Health climbs to the number two issue for Republicans -- 32% cite Iraqas the most important issue, with health care coming in second at 21%,followed by terrorism at 16% and immigration and the economy, both at15%. The August tracking poll also continues to examine people'sthoughts about the presidential candidates' positions on, andcommitment to, health care as an issue. The poll is available online.

Thepoll is part of a broader effort by the Kaiser Family Foundation toprovide a central hub for resources and information about health policyissues in the 2008 election. More information is available online at www.health08.org (Kaiser Family Foundation release, 8/30).

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