Eight in 10 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%).


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