Economy, Health Care and National Security Remain Top Three Issues for Voters

Seventy-four percent (74%) of voters consider health care to be a Very Important voting issue. A national survey found that 73% say the same about the economy and 71% believe National Security is that important. No other issue in the survey topped 70%. These issues have consistently been ranked as the most important in each of our monthly surveys (see topline trends).

Three other issues were deemed Very Important by more than six-out-of-ten voters: Fighting Terrorism (66%), Gun Laws (61%)  and Taxes (60%). The number who consider Fighting Terrorism and Taxes Very Important have not changed much over over the months. The number considering Gun Laws that important is up seven points from a month ago.

The survey found that Immigration and Job Creation are considered Very Important by 56% of voters. Somewhat lower on the list are Civil Rights (54%), Fighting Poverty (53%), Environmental Issues (52%), Economic Inequality (45%), and Abortion (41%).

There are significant partisan differences in priorities.

For Republicans, the top three issues are the National Security (82%), Economy (75%), and Immigration (73%).

For Democrats, the top three are Health Care (85%), Gun Laws (76%), and the Economy (72%).

Among Independent voters, the top issues are the Economy (73%), Health Care (72%), and National Security (68%).

The economy is the only issue considered Very Important by more than 70% of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.

Health care, National Security, and Fighting Terrorism are seen as that important by at least 60% of those in each partisan category.

Job Creation and Gun Laws are the only other issues are seen as most important by a majority of each partisan group. provides weekly update on economic confidence. We provide updates ate least twice monthly on health care and  immigration,

See full crosstab Results for the current survey.

Data released earlier showed that Republicans are trusted more than Democrats on the issues of the economy and national security. Democrats have the edge on health care. On immigration and gun laws voters are evenly divided as to who they trust.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted August 18-19, 2019 by and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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