New poll finds no candidate advantage on Medicare, health care

By BenefitsPro

By Kathryn Mayer

Another day, another poll.

A new CNN/ORC International poll released Sunday indicates neither President Obama nor Republican challenger Mitt Romney has much of an advantage on Medicare and health care.

The poll finds Americans remain deeply divided over who they think would handle those hot button issues. Of likely voters, 49 percent say Obama would better handle health care, while 48 percent favor Romney. That’s the same breakdown for Medicare—with Obama only besting Romney by one percentage point.

Last week, a Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll found that voters in three battleground states— Florida, Wisconsin and Ohio—trust Obama more on handling the country’s health issues. Most likely voters in those states said they want Medicare to continue providing health insurance to seniors the way it does now, as opposed to changing it to a voucher plan, as backed by Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan.

The CNN poll also finds Romney has the voter edge on the economy, with 50 percent trusting the GOP candidate to handle the volatile economy over Obama (46 percent).

Still, both Romney and Obama both have their advantages. Romney has the voter edge on handling the budget deficit and immigration, while Obama leads on his tax, energy and foreign policies. The president also has a big lead on social issues, with 53 percent preferring his policies on abortion.

The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International from August 22-23, and polled 1,055 adult Americans.

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