Health Care, Iraq Remain Top Concerns Of Democratic Voters

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Health care and the war in Iraq are "essentially tied" as the mostimportant issue Democratic voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and SouthCarolina want presidential candidates to address, with each cited byabout one-third of voters in each state, according to an Associated Press/Pew Research Center for People and the Press survey released on Monday, the AP/Minneapolis Star Tribunereports. The survey, which researchers conducted by telephone betweenNov. 7 and Nov. 25, included responses from 460 likely Democraticvoters in Iowa, with a margin of error of 5.5 percentage points; 594 inNew Hampshire, with a margin of error of five percentage points; and373 in South Carolina, with a margin of error of six percentage points.

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According to the survey, 41% of respondents in Iowa cited Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton(D-N.Y.) as the Democratic presidential candidate most trusted toimprove the health care system, about double the percentage ofrespondents who cited Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.).

Thesurvey found that Clinton "boasts even wider leads" in New Hampshireand South Carolina as the Democratic presidential candidate mosttrusted to improve the health care system, the AP/Star Tribunereports. Overall, a plurality of respondents in New Hampshire and SouthCarolina favored Clinton over other the other Democratic presidentialcandidates, while she and Obama were "essentially tied" in Iowa, thesurvey found (Fram/Tompson, AP/Minneapolis Star Tribune, 12/3).

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