Health care, economy top issues for independents, pollster says

Pollster Mallory Newall says that health care and the economy are independent voters' top concerns ahead of November's midterm elections. 

"The main issues in the midterms have continued to hold steady," Newall told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking" on Wednesday.

"I think on the Democratic side, there's a lot of talk about health care, and really when it comes down to it, a lot of focus in ads about health care accessibility. I think that's been a focus in a number of key districts across the country," she continued. 

"For Republicans, on the other hand, their main issues tend to be about immigration. So what you really have is different sects of the electorate talking about completely different things," she added. 

"Then you have folks in the middle, and how do you reach them? Their main issue among independents, they lean more toward health care as well as the economy," she said. "So it's how do you get those people in the middle to listen to what you're saying." 

A recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that health care topped the list of concerns for Democratic and independent voters in battleground states. 

Seventeen percent of Republicans from battleground states said the issue topped their list of voting concerns, but immigration was GOP voters' top priority.

Republican and Democratic candidates are looking to rally their bases and attract undecided voters before the midterms, which are less than two weeks away.  

A new American Barometer survey published on Wednesday found that 30 percent of Independent voters said they would support a Democrat in their district, while 28 percent said they would support the Republican in their district. 

Twenty-six percent of independents said they were unsure who to support. 

— Julia Manchester