Poll: Democrats want focus on health care, Trump impeachment

Poll: Democrats want focus on health care, Trump impeachment
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Protecting health care and impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpPaul Ryan defends Navy admiral after Trump's criticism Trump discussing visit overseas to troops following criticism: report Retired Army General: Trump is ‘acting like an 8th grader’ in attacking ex-Navy SEAL who led bin Laden operation MORE are the top two issues that people who identify as Democrats want Congress to prioritize when the party takes control of the House next year, according to a new poll. 

A Reuters/Ipsos poll published Thursday found that 54 percent of people identifying as Democrats said Congress should make the U.S. health-care system a priority. A majority of Republicans — 55 percent — also said Congress should prioritize health care. 

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The poll also found that 43 percent of Democrats want impeachment of Trump to be a priority. 

The poll, which surveyed 904 Democrats and 840 Republicans from Oct. 30 to Nov. 5, asked its respondents to list the top three priorities they want Congress to address from 2019 to 2020. The poll had a credibility interval of 4 percentage points for Democrats who were surveyed.

Reuters noted, however, that Democratic voters may not get their impeachment wish under the new Congress. While some members of the House, such as Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersHouse Democrat agenda, led by minimum wage, threatens economic prosperity Community banks a bipartisan touchstone for new Congress Dem women rally behind Pelosi MORE (D-Calif.), have previously called for impeachment of the president, party leadership has so far cautioned against it.

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiPoll: 40 percent of Democrats want Speaker other than Pelosi Democrats with military background offer support for Pelosi House Democrat agenda, led by minimum wage, threatens economic prosperity MORE (D-Calif.) said in August that impeaching Trump was "not a priority" for Democrats.

Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the third-ranking House Democrat, said Wednesday that Democrats should wait for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE to finish his Russia investigation before considering impeachment.

“To get out in front of the Mueller probe, I think, would be a big mistake,” he told CNN.