Gap Narrowing Between Obama and Romney on Healthcare Issues

Kaiser Family Foundation released a poll that shows Obama’s advantage on several key health issues has narrowed among likely voters.

Romney has closed in on Obama on which candidate likely voters think would do a better job with Medicare, an issue in which he previously held a 16-point lead. Overall, about 46 percent of voters said they prefer Obama on Medicare compared to 41 percent that said they prefer Romney.

Obama’s advantage on that question has shrunk despite that six in 10 likely voters are opposed to Romney’s idea of changing Medicare to a premium support system.

Senior voters are more likely to oppose the switch to premium support, but 48 percent prefer Romney on Medicare, while 43 percent prefer Obama.

Obama has also seen his lead among likely voters narrow on questions about other health issues, including Medicaid, lowering health costs, and determining the future of the 2010 health care law. On each question, Obama led by at least 16 percentage points in September, but his advantage narrowed to single digits in October.

Obama continues to hold a large advantage on women’s reproductive health choice.  He is trusted by 51 percent of likely voters compared to 33 percent that say they trust Romney.

The poll also found over a third of likely voters polled say the Affordable Care Act and Medicare are “extremely important” to their vote.

The survey was conducted Oct. 18-23 and included 1,215 adults. It has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points. The margin of error for the likely voter subgroup is +/- 4 percentage points.