4 Out of 5 Voters Want Direction on Healthcare in Tonight’s State of the Union Address

Health Insurance

January 30, 2018

Healthcare ranks high on a list of voters’ concerns for the State of the Union address, scheduled to be delivered on Tuesday, January 30, at 9 p.m. EST. This is the first SOTU address from President Trump since he took office in 2017. Already, Democrats across the country, most notably leftwing celebrities, are planning to protest the president’s remarks in an effort to boost support for legislation regarding so-called “Dreamers,” the children of illegal immigrants who were brought to the country as kids.

But immigration isn’t as important as healthcare or the economy according to a poll conducted by Politico/Morning Consult. Just 40 percent of respondents said it’s “very important” for Trump to talk about reducing illegal immigration. Healthcare and the economy – two subjects at the forefront of news these days – rank much higher on voters’ list of priorities.

More than 80 percent of voters said it was “very important” or “somewhat important” for Trump to address his administration’s plans for healthcare while 58 percent said it was “very important” for the president to talk about creating jobs and the economy. Over half of voters (54 percent) say they want Trump to talk about fighting terrorism.

The Politico poll was conducted around the anniversary of Trump’s inauguration in January, asking nearly 2,000 registered voters about their views on the president and the upcoming address. It reveals an even more pressing need for the government to address healthcare. When former President Obama left office, a similar poll found that 76 percent of voters wanted him to discuss healthcare in his final State of the Union address. That number has now jumped to 82 percent but for a different president. Healthcare remains a divisive and confusing issue for much of the country.