Healthcare continues to be top midterm issue, Immigration jumps into top 5

Seventy-five percent (75%) of voters rate health care as a very important issue affecting their midterm election vote. That keeps health care as the number one issue rated by voters and represents a slight uptick from 72% a month ago.

A national survey also showed that the economy remained second on the list of midterm issues, with 72% of respondents rating as very important to their vote. That’s up from 68% in the previous poll.

Naturally, there are partisan differences in the responses. More Democrats (84%) than Republicans (70%) rate health care as a very important midterm election issue. And more Republicans (80%) than Democrats (70%) rate the economy as very important to their midterm vote.

Data released earlier showed that voters tend to trust Democrats more than Republicans on health care. The reverse is true when it comes to the economy.

This national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted on October 30-31, 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.

Two other issues showed an increase in voter interest since early October are immigration and gun laws.

Sixty-two percent (62%) of Americans now rate immigration as a very important midterm election issue, compared to 52% in the previous survey.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters now say gun laws are a very important issue for their vote compared to 53% about four weeks ago.

The overall gains in voter interest in immigration may correspond to increased news coverage of the migrant caravan headed from Central America to the U.S. border with Mexico and the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. Most voters are following these news stories. Sixty-five percent (65%) of voters support sending military troops to the Southern border. Other data shows that just 12% recognize that most gun deaths are suicides.

But here too, partisanship impacts the results. Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Republicans rate immigration as a very important midterm election issue compared to 60% of Democrats.

More Democrats (70%) than Republicans (54%) list gun laws as a very important to their midterm vote.

But health care and the economy still dominate the election stage. Just 34% of voters rate the U.S. health care system as good or excellent and Americans want more health care choices. One of the big campaign themes this year has been “Medicare for All,” but there’s a lot of confusion about what it means. conducts a weekly economic survey in partnership with the Job Creators Network. Recent data has shown a high level of optimism about the economy. The latest numbers show that 75% of unemployed Americans expect to find a job in the near future.

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