Fixing VA a top priority for Americans, poll shows

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Improving the veterans health care system is the top priority for Americans, a poll released Friday found.

The Gallup poll showed that 87 percent of respondents said it is either “extremely” or “very important” to improve how health care is provided to veterans.

That outranked equal pay for women, which 72 percent said is important for Congress to address, the Benghazi investigation, which 59 percent said is important, and immigration reform, which only 58 percent should be a priority for Congress.

Other initiatives that the public sees as less important than fixing the VA are raising the minimum wage, repealing parts of Obamacare and investigating the capture and release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Mirroring the bipartisan support in Congress, respondents of all parties say fixing the VA is an important issue. About 90 percent of Democrats, 84 percent of independents and 91 percent of Republicans rank that as “extremely” or “very important.”

Other issues with bipartisan support among poll respondents are equal pay and immigration reform.

Results come from telephone interviews with more than 1,000 adults across the U.S. on June 9 and 10. The margin of error is 4 percent.

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