Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008 – August 2007

This August 2007 tracking poll finds that health care remains the top domestic issue that the public wants presidential candidates to address in the campaign, trailing only Iraq on the public’s overall priority list.

Both Republicans and Independents rank health care second to Iraq, while Democrats for the first time rank the two issues as equally important for the candidates to discuss.

The poll also examines the public’s perceptions of the presidential candidates’ positions and commitment to health care as an issue. Consistent with the previous two tracking polls, nearly six in 10 people don’t know or can’t name a candidate who best represents their own views on health.

The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008 is part of a broader effort by the Kaiser Family Foundation to provide a central hub for resources and information about health policy issues in the 2008 election. The August poll was designed and analyzed by Foundation researchers and involved a nationally representative random sample of 1,500 adults, who were interviewed by telephone between August 2 and August 8. The margin of sampling error for the survey is plus or minus 3 percentage points; for results based on subgroups, the sampling error is higher.

Key Findings


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