Pollster says health care will be top issue for House Dems

Pollster Mallory Newall said Wednesday that health care will likely be the top issue for House Democrats going into 2019. 

"I think health care will probably be one of the marquee issues for Democrats this cycle, but [climate change] definitely is more important to Democrats than to others in the country," Newall, research director at Ipsos Public Affairs, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking." 

"We see this in our polling as well. Each week polling, we ask what's the most important issue in the country," she continued. "We see that climate change or the environment is third place among Democrats right now, behind health care and the economy." 

Newall's comments come as Democrats appear poised to amplify public conversation on climate change and the environment. 

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.Frank Joseph PalloneMcConnell, Kaine introduce bill to raise tobacco purchasing age from 18 to 21 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Restrictive state abortion laws ignite fiery 2020 debate Work on surprise medical bills goes into overdrive MORE (D-N.J.), who is set to become chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, sent a letter to acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler demanding records and information on the Trump administration’s rollbacks of numerous climate change policies. 

— Julia Manchester