Voters don't have political strategy in mind at the polls, says Dem pollster

Democratic pollster Nancy Zdunkewicz said in an interview that aired Thursday on Hill.TV's "What America's Thinking" that voters do not usually head to the polls with a particular political strategy in mind. 

"Voters aren't really that strategic when they're actually voting," Zdunkewicz, managing editor at Democracy Corps, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on Wednesday. 

"I don't think that they're going to go and they're going to cast their ballot thinking who polls best against Donald Trump in the Democratic primary, for example," she continued. 

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However, policies areas such as “Medicare for Aal” and climate change appear to be high on the priority lists of Democratic voters. 

— Julia Manchester