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Health Poll Report Survey: Voters on Health Care and the 2006 Elections

This October 2006 survey examines voters’ views and worries on health care and other issues in advance of the midterm Congressional elections.

Overall, nearly half (46%) of voters say they are “very worried” about having to pay more for their health care or insurance, putting health care costs at the top of voters’ personal worries.

However, when asked to name the most important election issue, 30% of polled voters identified Iraq as the their top concern. The next three most frequently cited issues are clustered back in the pack: health care (15%), the economy (15%) and terrorism (13%).

The nationally representative telephone survey was conducted between Oct. 5 and Oct. 10 among 1,052 registered voters. The survey was developed and analyzed by researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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