January 28, 2008

Partisan Gap Over Providing Health Insurance to the Uninsured

38 Points

While 65% of Democrats rate universal health insurance a top priority, only 27% of Republicans agree — the largest partisan difference recorded for any issue in a recent Pew poll.

A late January Pew poll finds a widening partisan divide on top priorities for the president and Congress; the largest gap is recorded on the issue of extending health insurance to the currently uninsured with 65% of Democrats and 27% of Republicans saying it should be a top priority. Compared with Republicans, Democrats place much greater emphasis on jobs, health care, education, the environment, and the poor. On jobs, for instance, 76% of Democrats but just 43% of Republicans say it should be a top priority for the president and Congress. Read More