On Their Most Important Issue, 35% Trust Democrats, 28% Republicans, 23% Neither

On whatever they consider the most important voting issue, 35% of voters trust Democrats more than Republicans while 28% place more trust in the GOP. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 23% don’t trust either party to address their top concern, 8% trust both parties equally, and 5% are not sure.

Earlier in the year, opinion was fairly evenly divided between the two parties. The current 7-point advantage for the Democrats is the largest yet measured. That margin is similar to the advantage enjoyed by Democrats on the Generic Congressional Ballot.

The top three issues concerning voters at this time remain the same: Health Care (20%), The Economy (16%),  and Immigration (10%).

Three other issues are now deemed most important by 8% of voters: Gun Laws, Environmental Issues, and National Security. In previous surveys, National Security was consistently ranked as the third or fourth most important issues (see topline trends).

The 8% who name gun laws as most important is down slightly from 10% a month ago. Prior to the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, just 4% rated the issue as their top concern.

Another big change from a month ago is that the Republican advantage on economic issues has virtually disappeared. Just 31% now trust Republicans more than Democrats on economic matters while 29% trust the Democrats. A month ago, the GOP had a double digit advantage on the economy. A similar drop was found on the issue of Job Creation. Other recent survey data found a declining level of economic confidence.

Republicans have a six-point advantage on National Security (32% to 26%) and a double digit lead on Fighting Terrorism (34% to 23%).

Democrats now enjoy a double digit advantage on dealing with Health Care (36% to 24%), Economic Inequality (31% to 21%), Environmental Issues (42% to 17%), Civil Rights (41% to 21%), Fighting Poverty (36% to 22%), and Abortion (37% to 22%).

The Democrats enjoy smaller leads on Gun Laws (34% to 28%) and the parties are nearly even on Taxes (30% trust Democrats, 27% Republicans).

See full crosstab results.

Americans continue to rate the U.S. health care system poorly. Most, however, rate their own health, medical care, and insurance coverage as good or excellent. Survey results consistently show that voters want more health care choice and strongly reject the idea of requiring everyone to get coverage through the federal government.

On immigration, eight-out-of-ten voters believe legal immigration is good for America but illegal immigration is bad.

Voters strongly support modest restrictions on gun purchases and 31% believe private ownership of guns should be banned.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted September 4-5, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com 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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