Eight-in-ten Democrats call reducing health care costs a top priority for policymakers, the highest percentage for any issue mentioned in a January 2008 poll; by contrast, only about half of Republicans (52%) rate health care costs a major priority. Republicans place greater priority on defending the U.S. against terrorism (86%, vs. 74% for Democrats), dealing with the issue of illegal immigration (64% vs. 43%), and strengthening the military (62% vs. 37%). Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.