Health care top priority at the polls: Survey

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Jessica Hume, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:33 PM ET

OTTAWA — Health care is the biggest issue for Canadian voters, a new poll suggests.

In a national survey conducted this month by Abacus Data, polled Canadians — regardless of age or voting intention — listed health care as their top priority at the polls, at 19%.

It was followed by taxes (13%), job creation (13%) and accountability and trust (12%).

"Even though federal politicians are not talking much about health care, it remains the most important issue for Canadians," Abacus Data CEO David Coletto said.

Only surveyed Canadians between 30-44 listed something other than health care as a top concern — 46% said taxes were their the primary issue as opposed to health care, at 44%.

After health care, Canadians 60 years and older were most concerned about retirement security, at 41%, and accountability, at 33%.

Fewer than 5% of respondents listed the environment or natural resource development as a top priority.


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