The poll released Thursday comes three days after the Obama administration revealed that average premium prices for a closely watched type of Obamacare plan are set to rise by an average of 25 percent in 2017 for plans sold on the federal insurance exchange HealthCare.gov. Many other Obamacare plans will likewise have double-digit percentage increases.
The administration noted that many Obamacare customers qualify for financial aid that lowers their premium payments, and can completely shield them from annual price hikes if they shop around for lower-priced options.
But Republican critics of the law, including Trump, seized on the news as further proof that Obamacare is failing and needs to be repealed and replaced with new legislation.
The Kaiser poll, which questioned 1,205 adults, was conducted from Oct. 12 to 18, before the release of the 2017 Obamacare prices. The poll had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
The poll found that voters rate who the candidates are, the economy and jobs, and foreign policy as their top three issues when considering who to vote for. The order of how they rated those issues depended on their political affiliation.
Health care was just the fifth most important issue for Democrats, with 9 percent of them rating it so. Republicans put it in sixth place in terms of importance, behind immigration and social issues, with only 5 percent rating it their top issue.
Among independents, health care was named as a top issue by just 6 percent.
When asked by Kaiser pollsters if they wanted the entire law repealed by the next president and Congress, just 37 percent of respondents said they did. And only 38 percent said they wanted the president and Congress to repeal the mandate compelling Americans to have health insurance of some kind or pay a tax penalty.
Eight other priorities related to health care polled higher in the survey.
Among them were "helping people with moderate incomes pay high out-of-pocket costs for care," which drew 44 percent of respondents.
The top priority for 74 percent of respondents, was "making sure that high-cost drugs for chronic conditions are affordable to those who need them." In second place, with 63 percent of respondents, was "government action to lower prescription drug prices."