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More voters with Hillary on health care


Voters, by a substantial margin, say of the presumptive Democratic and Republican party presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton best represents their views on health care, according to a survey released Friday.

The Kaiser Family Foundation, in a telephone survey of 1,212 voters, asked respondents whether Ms. Clinton, the presumptive Democratic party candidate or Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican party candidate, best represented their own views on health care.

Of the respondents, 46% said Ms. Clinton best represented their views on health care, while 32% said Mr. Trump did. The remaining respondents said either neither candidate best represented their views on health care or didn't know.

By voter political party affiliation, the results, not surprisingly, were strikingly different. For example, among Democratic respondents, 87% said Ms. Clinton best represented their views on health care, while just 3% said Mr. Trump did, with remaining respondents saying they didn't know or neither candidate did.

Among Republican voters, 74% said Mr. Trump best represented their health care views, while 11% said Ms. Clinton did, and 13% said neither did.

In addition, among respondents who said they were political independents, 39% said Ms. Clinton best represented their views on health care, compared to 30% who said Mr. Trump, did, while 23% said neither did.

Mr. Trump, among other things, favors repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as offering tax deductions for premiums individuals pay for health insurance policies. Ms. Clinton backs the ACA, while supporting certain ACA changes such as repealing the 40% excise tax that will be imposed, starting in 2020, on the portion of health care premiums that exceed $10,200 for single coverage and $27,500 for family coverage.

The poll was conducted July 5-11.