Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Poll: President’s Lead on Health Care Issues With Voters Shrinks

On the eve of the Nov. 6 election, the latest health care tracking poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) shows President Obama’s lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney on health care issues among voters has narrowed, reflecting a tight race in the general polls.

The president still holds a slight edge with voters on Medicaid, health care costs, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), but this lead fell from double digits in September to single digits in October. President Obama and Gov. Romney are statistically tied for voters’ opinions on who would do a better job with Medicare (46 percent say President Obama; 41 percent say Gov. Romney). Gov. Romney supports a premium-support system, where seniors are given a fixed amount of money to purchase health insurance through traditional Medicare or through private insurers, whereas President Obama opposes this plan. Among seniors, 72 percent prefer the Medicare status quo, but this view does not sway their opinion of who they believe would do a better job with Medicare: 48 percent say Gov. Romney and 43 percent say President Obama.

The economy remains the top issue on voters’ minds, but around one-third of voters say Medicare (38 percent), Medicaid (30 percent), and the PPACA (37 percent) are “extremely important” in determining how they will vote. The public remains deeply divided on its opinion of the PPACA, with 43 percent against and 38 percent in favor of the law.

Read the rest of the results of the KFF poll (PDF)

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