More than one quarter (27%) of the approximately 1,500 adults surveyed ranked health care as the second most important issue for legislators to address, followed by the economy (16%) and immigration (13%).
While both Democrats and Republicans see health care as a top issue, health care rises sharply for Democrats and sits at the number two issue for Republicans, just ahead of terrorism.
Kaiser suspects that the current mortgage crisis
may figure into Americans’ concerns the next time the
poll is taken, according to the group.
Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike all agree that Iraq and health care are the top two issues they expect presidential candidates to talk about.
For Democrats, the same percentage mentions Iraq
(42%) as health care (42%). Among Republicans, 32% cite
Iraq as the most important issue, with health care coming
in second at 21%, followed by terrorism at 16% and
immigration and the economy, both at 15%.
Full results are available online at http://www.kff.org/kaiserpolls/h08_pomr083007pkg.cfm .