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Healthcare is top topic Americans want Trump to address in State of the Union

Specifically, those respondents expressed a desire for Trump to discuss ways in which to improve the healthcare system.

Jeff Lagasse, Associate Editor

Healthcare remains an important issue for many voters, as evidenced by a new Morning Consult-Politico poll showing that 82 percent of Americans want President Donald Trump to address the health care system during tonight's State of the Union address.

Specifically, participants expressed a desire for Trump to discuss ways in which to improve the healthcare system, which was one of Trump's recurring themes on the campaign trail in 2016.

[Also: Healthcare tops voter priorities heading into 2018 mid-term elections]

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Trump and Congressional Republicans have attempted numerous times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but to date have only succeeded in weakening certain provisions of the law, including removing the individual mandate, which stipulated that most people have to acquire health insurance or pay a fine.

At 82 percent, healthcare narrowly edged out the economy and job creation as Americans' top issue, which came in an 81 percent. The poll has a margin of error of two percentage points.

Reducing poverty came in third, and fighting terrorism came in fourth. The poll surveyed 1,994 registered voters from Jan.18 to 20.

Despite healthcare's popularity as an issue, Trump is expected to focus much of his address on immigration, infrastructure and the recently passed tax reform bill.