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Public Opinion and Health Care
July 14, 1999

Voters and Health Care in the 1998 Election

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Mass (Dr Blendon and Mr Benson); John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass (Dr Blendon); Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, Calif (Drs Brodie and Altman and Mr James); and Princeton Survey Research Associates, Princeton, NJ (Mr Hugick).

JAMA. 1999;282(2):189-194. doi:10.1001/jama.282.2.189

An important issue for health professionals looking toward the future is the nature of the health agenda of the new Congress and of the current administration in Washington. One important way to gain insight into the congressional agenda is to understand what were the priorities and views of voters in the most recent election.

This is the fourth in a series of reports published in JAMA about voters' views on health care issues.1-3 Using the results of 3 postelection surveys of self-described voters in the 1998 congressional elections combined with 24 national opinion surveys and secondary analysis of an election-day exit poll of voters, this article examines voters' priorities and views.