Democrats Gaining Ground with Voters on Health Care, Economy, and Immigration

Health care remains the top issue for American voters and Democrats are increasing their advantage over the GOP on that topic.

A new national survey by shows that 37% of voters trust the Democrats on health care compared to 21% who trust the Republicans. That 16 percentage point gap has grown from the 11 point edge the Democrats held just before the midterm elections. The gains are fueled largely by growing support among men (see crosstab results).

The economy remains the second most important topic for voters, but the GOP’s edge over the Democrats on that issue has been cut by more than half. Right now, 31% of voters trust the Republicans on the economy compared to 27% who prefer the Democrats. In late October, the GOP held a nine point edge on that issue.

Much of the change in economic outlook may be attributable to the sharp overall losses seen in the stock markets from October to the end of 2018. The weak final three months of the year dragged the Dow Jones Industrial Average to its worst annual performance since 2008.

Democrats have also now replaced the Republicans as the party voters trust the most on immigration and gun laws. Thirty-four percent (34%) of Americans now prefer the Democrats on immigration compared to 30% who trust the Republicans more. The GOP held a 35% to 32% advantage on that issue just before the midterms. This comes as a partial government shutdown remains in effect over President Trump’s dispute with Congress over border barrier funding.

On gun laws, the Democrats now have a three percentage point lead over the GOP. In late October, Republicans held a five percentage point lead over the Democrats on the gun issue. And the 15 percentage point lead the GOP had with male voters over the Democrats on gun rights has now almost completely evaporated into just a one percentage point lead.

Democrats also have a narrow advantage on taxes and larger advantages on Inequality, Poverty, the Environment, and Civil Rights.

Republicans are preferred only on Job Creation, National Security, and Fighting Terrorism. releases new public opinion data every day relating to topics in the news and other items of interest. We also provide daily updates on the president’s job approval and the generic congressional ballot. It’s all part of our mission to enhance the public dialogue through data-driven analysis that explores the underlying currents of public opinion (read About Us).

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted January 5-6, 2019 by and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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