Health care a top concern ahead of midterms, says pollster

Ipsos research director Mallory Newall said in a segment aired on Hill.TV on Friday that health care will be a top concern for many voters going into November’s midterm elections. 

“I think in some places it’s actually healthcare,” Newall told Hill.TV’s Joe Concha this week on “What America’s Thinking.” 

“We see it in our Ipsos-Reuters polling that healthcare is the top concern of Americans and I think that’s what a lot of, particularly Democratic, candidates are focused on,” she continued. 

“I think Trump will always be top of mind, but in many districts, I don’t know that it’s possible to win and have a referendum on the president himself,” she said. 

An August Ipsos survey found that 16 percent of Americans said health care was the most important issue the U.S. faces, while 15 percent said immigration, and 11 percent said the economy.  

Democratic candidates appear to be pushing health care ahead of November’s races. 

An analysis from the Wesleyan Media Project found that over half of the ads for Democratic candidates at the federal level feature a mention of health care. 

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who is facing an uphill reelection bid in his deep red state, has made health care a main focus of his campaign, citing the potential loss of coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, which would be one in three people in West Virginia, according to the New York Times. 

— Julia Manchester

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