Poll: Economy, health care rank as top concerns among likely voters (PDF)

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Health care policy ranks high on likely voters' lists of priority issues this election season, a new Kaiser Health Tracking Poll concludes.

With the election just days away, the economy is the top concern of most voters. A newly released poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation  also places health care policy high on that list.

The October Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds that among all likely voters, about two-thirds consider health policies -  specifically the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid - as “very important" or "extremely important” to them this election season

Among Republicans, the economy ranks as the number one issue; nearly 70 percent call it the most important to them. 

The economy and healthcare policies receive equal attention from Democrats in the poll.

The survey found that 72 percent of senior respondents oppose shifting Medicare from a program that guarantees certain benefits to one in which the government gives beneficiaries a fixed federal payment to help cover their health care expenses.

 The poll also found that President Obama's double-digit lead in September on health policy issues has fallen to a single-digit lead of  7 to 8 percent over Mitt Romney. 

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll

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