Health Care, Immigration, and Investigating the President Top Public’s Agenda For Congress

When the new Congress takes power, 32% of voters believe addressing health care should be the top priority. However, a poll found that within the desire for health care reform there are a pair of potentially conflicting desires. Seventeen percent (17%) of all voters believe the primary focus should be ensuring everyone has access to care while 15% believe reducing the cost of care should be number one.

After health care, stopping illegal immigration is seen by 20% as the top priority. That’s the top concern for 40% of Republican voters  (see question wording and crosstab results).

Number three on the list among all voters is Investigating President Trump. That’s the top priority for 15%. Among Democrats, 28% see this as the top priority (40% of Democrats name health care as most important).

Additional items on the list include cutting taxes, seen as top priority for 9%; cutting federal spending (8%); increasing the minimum wage (8%), and raising taxes on big companies (4%). Three percent (3%) said some other item should be the top priority.

Sixty percent (60%) believe the lame duck session of the current Congress should refrain from passing major legislation.

Data released earlier showed that 63% are now confident the votes will be properly counted. That’s down from 76% before the election.

The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted November 11-12, 2018 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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