Thirty-eight percent of 1,000 likely American voters who participated in a recent telephone survey said they believe all declared presidential candidates should release at least their most recent medical records to the public. Forty-two percent disagree and say they should not have to do so. Twenty percent were undecided.
Seventy-three percent think all presidential candidates should release at least their most recent tax returns. Just 18 percent disagree, while 10 percent are not sure.
Republicans (49 percent ) feel more strongly than Democrats (32 percent) and voters not affiliated with either major party (37 percent ) that all candidates for the White House should release at least their most recent medical records.
Among all voters who believe candidates should have to release their medical records, 25 percent think they should only have to release those from the most recent two years, including 12 percent who say only the most recent year is sufficient. Thirty-seven percent think candidates should release records from the past three to five years, while another 12 percent think they should go back five to 10 years. Twenty-six percent believe candidates should release all of their medical records.
Forty-four percent consider whether or not a candidate releases his or her medical records at least somewhat important to their vote, including 15 percent who consider it Very Important. Fifty-three present do not consider the release of a candidate’s medical history important to their vote, with 19 percent who say it’s Not At All Important.