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Coloradans’ Perspectives on Health, Quality of Life, and Midterm Elections

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Colorado voters most often cite education, health care and housing costs as the top issues for the state’s gubernatorial candidates to discuss ahead of the November elections, finds a new Kaiser Family Foundation/Colorado Health Foundation (KFF/CHF) poll.

The poll of more than 1,800 Coloradans reveals their views on a wide range of issues leading into the 2018 midterm elections and highlights differences related to health and quality of life among key demographic subgroups, including geography, income, race/ethnicity and partisan identification. The results show that while many Coloradans report being in excellent or very good health, there is variation by income and race/ethnicity.

Key findings include that most Coloradans see the state’s economy as improving, but view health care, housing costs and substance abuse as getting worse. Coloradans are split on how well the state’s health system works and view access to mental health services as a problem, with both cost and coverage barriers to mental health and substance abuse services.

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