Democrats want to hear about health care, women’s issues from 2020 candidates: poll

Democrats want to hear about health care, women's issues from 2020 candidates: poll
© Stefani Reynolds

Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters in a new poll list health care and women’s issues as the top priorities for 2020 presidential candidates to address.

The Kaiser Family Foundation monthly survey, released Tuesday, found that 87 percent of respondents considered health care “very important” for candidates to discuss in the first Democratic primary debates, set for later this month.

Eighty percent, meanwhile, said women’s issues were “very important.”


More than half of respondents also identified climate change, gun policy, income inequality, the economy and immigration as top issues, according to the poll.

Asked about specific health care concerns, 28 percent said candidates should address health care costs, while another 8 percent mentioned the cost of prescription drugs.

Almost 1 in 5 — 18 percent — indicated that increasing access to health care was a major issue, while 15 percent mentioned the implementation of a single-payer or “Medicare for All” system. 

Eight percent mentioned access to reproductive health care as their top health care issue, according to the survey.

The poll was conducted May 30-June 5 among 1,206 adults and has a 3-point margin of error.

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