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New Polls: Health Care is a Top Issue in Florida’s Battleground House Districts

By September 21, 2018No Comments

Voters Disapprove of Republican Incumbents’ Pro-Repeal Record, Say They Want Affordable Care Act Improved Rather than Repealed, and Trust Democrats More Than Republicans With Their Health Care

“The issue of health care could be [the] key to ousting the incumbent in this race,” says Florida Politics blog

Washington, DC – New Public Policy Polling surveys commissioned by Protect Our Care finds that health care may be a decisive issue for voters in the Florida battlegrounds of CD 18, CD 25 and CD 26.  Said Brad Woodhouse, executive director of Protect Our Care, in response to the poll findings:

“Pro-repeal incumbents Brian Mast, Mario Diaz-Balart and Carlos Curbelo have a lot to be worried about. As these polls show, voters are angry at their efforts to repeal and sabotage American health care and they are getting ready to take that anger out at the polls.”  

Here’s how the polls were covered locally today:

Florida Politics: Lauren Baer Polling Within Three Points Of Brian Mast (FL-18). “When asked who they trust more to handle the issue of health care, 49 percent back Democrats and 46 percent say they favor Republicans and President Donald Trump. Only 4 percent are undecided. But when it came to their district, voters favored Democrats by a wider margin. A total of 49 percent of respondents say they would rather vote for a congressional candidate who is ‘a Democrat who supports the Affordable Care Act and wants to improve it.’ That compares to 44 percent who say they’d prefer ‘a Republican who wants to repeal’ the ACA.”

Florida Politics: Mary Barzee Flores Closing In On Mario Diaz-Balart, Poll Shows (FL-25). “49 percent say they trust Democrats more on the issue of health care. But 46 percent trust Republicans and President Donald Trump more. Only 4 percent were undecided. When asked about their votes going forward, 51 percent prefer ‘a Democrat who supports the Affordable Care Act and wants to improve it.’ That compares to 43 percent who’d rather vote for ‘a Republican who wants to repeal’ the ACA. Those numbers could bode well for the Democrats, who have signaled their desire to keep health care at the forefront of the 2018 midterms after Republicans’ failed attempt to repeal the ACA last year.”

Florida Politics: Carlos Curbelo Trailing In Newest CD 26 Poll (FL-26). “A majority, 53 percent, say they support the ACA. Only 35 percent say they oppose it, while 12 percent are undecided. A whopping 57 percent say they trust Democrats more on the issue of health care, while 40 percent favor President Donald Trump and Republicans….A total of 57 percent say they’d prefer ‘a Democrat who supports the Affordable Care Act and wants to improve it.’ Just 38 percent want ‘a Republican who wants to repeal’ the ACA. The issue of health care could be Mucarsel-Powell’s key to ousting the incumbent in this race.”