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Poll Reveals Voter Confusion Over Obama's, McCain's Healthcare Plans
Asked whose plan is better for them, 2 out of 5 say they don't know or don't see a difference
By Amanda Ruggeri
Posted October 3, 2008

Many recent election polls have shown Barack Obama leading John McCain on the issue of healthcare. But a survey released this week found that, when the question is rephrased, that gap narrows dramatically.

his is particularly true among two critical groups: independent voters and senior citizens. Since healthcare continues to be a top concern for voters, the findings could give the McCain campaign some comfort.

A Gallup poll in early September that asked which candidate could better handle the issue of healthcare found that Obama enjoyed a 12 percentage-point lead. But when voters were asked in a more recent poll which healthcare plan they thought would most benefit them personally, that lead slipped to 6 percentage points. Perhaps more important, 2 in 5 registered voters surveyed in the recent Harris Interactive and Harvard School of Public Health poll said they didn't know or didn't think there was much difference between the plans.
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