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Most Call for Presidential Candidates’ Medical Records

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

With 78-year-old Bernie Sanders’ surge to the lead in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, questions are being raised about his health, especially following a heart attack several months ago. A sizable majority of voters says a candidate’s health is an important voting issue, and most think major presidential candidates should make their medical records public.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 86% of Likely U.S. Voters rate a candidate’s health as important to their vote, with 39% who say it’s Very Important. This is little changed from voter attitudes in early September 2016 when questions were being raised about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s health. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted February 20 and 23, 2020 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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