Americans Trust Democrats More Than Republicans on Health Care Ahead of 2018 Midterms, Poll Shows

With health care primed to be a major issue in the 2018 midterms, Americans trust Democrats more than Republicans when it comes to the subject, a new poll this week has shown.

A poll from YouGov/The Economist released on Wednesday asked: "Which party do you think would do a better job handling the problem of health care?" Respondents could choose either "Democrats," "Republicans" or "About the same."

Forty-one percent of respondents chose Democrats. Thirty-one percent chose Republicans while 28 percent said "about the same."

There was a predictable divide in opinions along party lines. Eighty-nine percent of Democratic respondents said they trusted Democrats most with health care, while 10 percent said "about the same" and just 1 percent said Republicans. Eight percent of GOP respondents said they trusted Republicans the most with health care, while 17 percent said "about the same" and 3 percent said Democrats, according to the YouGov/The Economist survey.

Interestingly, Independents were split evenly. Twenty-six percent chose Democrats, 26 percent chose Republicans and 48 percent chose "about the same."

The poll from YouGov/The Economist surveyed 1,500 U.S. adults from October 21 through October 23. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

President Donald Trump (center) congratulates House Republicans after they passed legislation aimed at repealing and replacing ObamaCare, during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House, on May 4, 2017, in Washington, D.C. A new poll found Americans trust Democrats more on health care. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Health care will almost assuredly be a major issue and point of contention in the final days before Election Day in November.

President Donald Trump, for instance, on Wednesday tweeted, "Republicans will totally protect people with Pre-Existing Conditions, Democrats will not! Vote Republican."

Republicans will totally protect people with Pre-Existing Conditions, Democrats will not! Vote Republican.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2018

Fact-checkers have shown this statement was false—as ABC News's fact-check pointed out, the Trump administration last summer urged a federal court to walk back the Affordable Care Act provisions that required insurers to cover people with pre-existing conditions and prevented insurers from charging higher premiums for folks with pre-existing condition. The Republican health care bill last year that failed to get through the Senate also would hurt the protections for pre-existing conditions.

That in mind, the GOP has seemingly made a push to improve how folks think about the party and health care—Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker made a similar claim about pre-existing conditions—while Democrats have been running ads attacking Republicans on the issue.