Democrats Trusted More on Health Care, Republicans on Economy

A new national survey shows that health care remains the top issue for American voters, and voters trust Democrats on that issue more than Republicans by a 39% to 26% margin. That 13 percentage point edge is down slight from the 16 point advantage Democrats enjoyed in January. Last November, the Democrats held an 11-point lead on the issue.

The economy remains the second most important topic for voters, and the GOP’s edge over the Democrats on that issue has grown to 34% to 28%. That’s up slightly from a four point edge the Republicans held in January. Economic confidence has rebounded in recent weeks., Additionally, there were strong jobs reports issued for December and January.

Immigration and national security are the next most important items on the voters’ agenda. The parties are fairly evenly divided on immigration while Republicans hold the edge on national security (see crosstab results for all issues).

These minor shifts are taking place as Democrats begin to exercise their control of the U.S. House. Last fall, voters clearly perceived that Congress was too conservative. Now, by a 39% to 36% margin, they believe it is too liberal.

Democrats are still narrowly favored over Republicans as the party voters to trust on gun laws. On that issue, Democrats now hold a 34% to 30% edge.

Republicans have erased the lead the Democrats took on taxes in the January poll, and now voter trust on that issue is evenly split between the two parties at 31%. releases new public opinion data every day relating to topics in the news and other items of interest. Please sign up to receive the latest data and insights each day via email.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted February 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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