The Swing States and Medicare
Publication Date: September 2012
Publisher(s): Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Author(s): Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Keywords: survey; Medicare; election
The latest partnership poll from The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation explores attitudes towards Medicare among registered voters in three swing states -- Florida, Virginia, and Ohio. While the economy remains the top issue, in each state about four in ten voters say Medicare is an extremely important issue to their vote. As of mid-September, within these swing states, President Barack Obama holds the advantage over Governor Mitt Romney on who voters trust to handle Medicare, although among seniors the gap narrows considerably, and most voters say they would prefer to keep Medicare as it is rather than change it into a premium support system.