More Americans report that they trust Democrats to handle healthcare issues than they do Republicans, according to the latest poll from Morning Consult and Politico.
Of the 2,586 registered voters who answered questions about healthcare in the poll, which covers a wide range of topics, 44 percent reported that they trusted Democrats, compared with 34 percent of respondents who reported that they trusted Republicans to handle healthcare issues.
When casting their votes for members of the House and Senate, 20 percent of respondents said healthcare was the top issue that was on their mind. That ranked second, behind economic issues, which came in at 26 percent.
Half of the voters said that "passing a healthcare reform bill" should be a top priority for Congress. The poll, however, did not question respondents about how they would define such legislation, including whether they would support Congress passing a bipartisan bill agreed to in the Senate to help fund Obamacare, or what their level of support was for repealing parts of Obamacare.
The polls asked participants to answer a variety of questions about provisions in the tax bill but did not ask them about their stance on repealing the Obamacare individual mandate that requires Americans to buy insurance or pay a fine, which is in the Senate's tax bill.
The poll was conducted Nov. 17 through 19, in the days after the House sent its tax bill to the Senate.