Voters Say Health Care Top Issue In Midterms

Voters rank health care as the top issue heading into this year’s midterm elections, according to a HuffPost/YouGov poll released Friday.

More registered voters picked health care as the top issue than any other topic when asked to pick their top two issues, the poll found.

Thirty percent of voters picked health care, compared to 25 percent each who said guns and immigration as well as 24 percent who said the economy. Just 12 percent said Donald Trump’s record as president.

Democrats have been touting health care as an issue this year, pointing to Republicans’ push last year to repeal ObamaCare. They have also highlighted what they call the GOP “sabotage” of the health-care law since then — such as repealing the mandate to have insurance — to try to blame Republicans for premium increases expected to be announced this fall.

Republicans have countered by pointing to Democrats’ support for single-payer health care, which they paint as overly expensive government intrusion into health care.

Democrats have also pointed to recent special election wins, like Conor Lamb’s victory in a House race in Pennsylvania last month.

Brad Woodhouse, campaign director of the pro-ObamaCare group Protect Our Care, said at the time the victory “should be the clearest message yet to Republicans that their war on health care is not just a political loser, but an albatross around the neck of any candidate who supports their destructive repeal-and-sabotage agenda.”

The poll of 1,000 U.S. adults, including 872 registered voters, was conducted March 23-26 using an opt-in online panel.

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