What’s important to you this election season? What will determine your vote in two weeks? This week, we’ll look at a range of big issues Americans are weighing as we anxiously approach election day.
The big news this week: Some American viewpoints may surprise us.
My hope this week: Please, will you take a moment and add a comment? I’d like to see some readers’ viewpoints emerge here to show us all how some Americans are sorting out these important issues.
Today, we’re starting with “Obamacare,” the epithet I hear most often when I talk with people about their views on healthcare reform. The image is Big Brother in Washington undermining American freedoms and arbitrarily deciding who shall live and die. Republican candidates vilify the healthcare reform bill and there are efforts to declare it unconstitutional. Democratic candidates try to avoid talking about it at all.
Is “Obamacare” really the big issue in the elections just two weeks away? Is it really as hated as the media says it is?
Actually, a majority (54%) of registered voters say they are more likely to vote for someone who supported healthcare reform, according to a large national survey by Public Religion Research Institute. Support rises to 64% among voters who say that healthcare is the most important issue to them. (Public Religion Institute “is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, independent organization dedicated to research at the intersection of religion, values, and public life.”)
Only one in four voters says that they would vote against a candidate who supported healthcare reform. And, less than one in five says it doesn’t matter to them one way or the other.
Yes, as we may expect, there is a gulf between parties, but not as wide as one might guess from media accounts. Almost 80% of Democrats say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who supported reform. A majority of Republicans say that are less likely to vote for a candidate who supported healthcare reform—but the figure is only 60%. Indeed, 25% of Republican voters say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who supported reform.
Are you surprised by these facts and figures?
How important is healthcare for you this election season?
Join us this week as we discuss the key issues surrounding Election 2010. And tell us: What is the most important issue to you?
Please, add a “Comment” on these important issues below.