Heath care remains a top issue in the minds of voters as the 2018 midterm elections approach, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) Election Tracking Poll. At least a quarter of voters choose health care as the most important issue, ahead of immigration, the economy, jobs, gun policy, the political party of the candidates, the gender of the candidates, and support for or opposition to President Trump.
Stance on health care. Seven in 10 voters say that health care is "very important" in deciding who to vote for. Other top issues are the economy and jobs (64 percent), gun policy (60 percent), and immigration (55 percent). About one-fourth of voters nationally, when asked to choose one issue that is the most important, say that health care is their top issue. Health care ranks as the top issue for Democratic voters and ranks lower for Republican voters, who rank immigration, the economy, and jobs as their top issues.
Despite the importance put on health care, less than half of voters say they are hearing "a lot" from candidates about specific health care issues, with voters saying they are hearing "a lot" about immigration and support for or opposition to President Trump. Fewer voters say they are hearing about health care issues such as the opioid epidemic, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P.L. 111-148), Medicare, or a national health plan.
ACA protections. In Florida and Nevada, a majority of voters said they are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports maintaining ACA protections for people with pre-existing conditions. More than half of people living in these states say they or someone in their household has a pre-existing condition. In Florida, majorities of Democratic voters (74 percent) and independent voters (53 percent) say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports Medicaid expansion, while 52 percent of Republican voters say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who wants to "keep Medicaid as is." Most people in non-expansion states want their state to expand Medicaid.
Candidate and political dynamics. The KFF found that, while most voters are prioritizing candidates’ position on issues outside of the political environment, majorities of voters say that candidate and political dynamics, including support for or opposition to President Trump, will play a major factor in their voting decisions.
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