NU Online News Service, Oct. 29, 2004 4:20 p.m. EDT

45% of women and 36% of men of voting age say the presidential candidates’ stands on benefits and health care will influence their vote, according to MetLife Inc., New York.

In a study, MetLife found that 45% of women and 36% of men of voting age say that the Presidential candidates’ proposed benefits-healthcare platforms will influence their voting decision.

Among African-American and Hispanic voters, the percentage climbs to 46% of women and 49% of men.

39% of U.S. employers agree–39% of businesses with 2 to 49 employees, 40% of businesses with 50 to 999 employees and 35% of companies with more than 25,000 workers all identified benefits and healthcare as a decisive voting issue.