Health Care, Economy, National Security Top Midterm Issues

In terms of how they will vote in November, 69% of voters say the health care issue will be Very Important. A national survey found that 68% ranked the economy as Very Important while 67% said the same about national security.

Among Democrats, the top three issues are health care (75%) civil rights (68%), and the economy (66%). Environmental issues and fighting poverty are also Very Important to more than six-out-of ten Democrats (see crosstab results).

As for Republicans, the top issues are national security (80%), fighting terrorism (76%), and the economy (74%). More than six-out-of-ten GOP voters name immigration, health care, taxes, and job creation as Very Important.

Health care, the economy, and fighting terrorism are the top three for Independent voters.

A separate survey found that 38% view the Kavanaugh confirmation process as Very Important to their vote.

This national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted on October 2-3, 2018 by and HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

Republicans are more interested than Democrats and Independents in national security, immigration, taxes, and fighting terrorism.

Democrats are more interested than Republicans and Independents in gun laws, economic inequality, environmental issues, civil rights, and fighting poverty.

We asked earlier about top issues using a different approach, but received similar results. Asked to simply name the top issue rather than rating each issue, the economy, health care, and immigration were the top issues.

Voters see health care, immigration, and gun control as top issues on the Supreme Court agenda. They also see freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, and freedom of religion as the most important rights confirmed in the Bill of Rights.


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