Health Care Reform Leads US Voters as ‘Top Priority’ for Trump Administration

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US voters expressed a variety of views on President-elect Donald Trump’s No. 1 priority when he takes office in January, with changes in the US health care law known as Obamacare leading the list for about one-in-five Americans surveyed by Pew Research Center in a poll released on Monday.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Twelve percent of respondents named the economy, 10 percent named immigration, 8 percent said unifying the country is a most pressing issue, while another 8 percent identified jobs and unemployment as the top priority issues Trump should address as president, the release explained.

"Voters offer a mix of ideas for what Trump’s first priority should be as president," a press release explaining the poll stated. "In an open-ended question, 20 percent of voters suggest health care as Trump’s first priority — the most of any other issue area voters named."

In terms of raw emotions such as "happy vs. unhappy," or "hopeful vs. pessimistic," the poll showed voters about evenly divided, reflecting a near 50-50 partisan split that characterized the presidential campaign, the poll noted.

Overall, however, vast majority of voters were surprised at Trump’s victory, including both Democrats (73 percent) and Republicans (60 percent), the poll revealed.

On the persistent issue of racial tensions in the United States, just one-in four voters were optimistic that race relations would improve during the Trump administration, the poll explained.

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