Friday, March 11, 2016
The Top Issues For Voters In This Election Year
The chart above was made from a recent Gallup Poll. It shows the answers given when voters were asked what was the most important issue to them. The survey was held between March 2nd and 6th of a random national sample of 1,019 adults, and has a margin of error of 4 points.
The top three issues were the economy in general (17%), unhappiness with government/politicians (15%), and unemployment/jobs (11%). Immigration and health care tied for fourth with 8% each.
I thought it was interesting that some issues the parties thought they could run on have dropped down in importance for voters. For instance, the Republicans would like to campaign on terrorism and the deficit/debt. But only 6% rate terrorism as the most important issue, and 5% say the same about the deficit/debt. Democrats would have loved to campaign on wages and the wealth gap, but wages comes in at a poor 1%, and the wealth gap is considered most important by only 3%.
It is apparent from this poll, that voters want a government that works (with politicians that can compromise for the good of the country), and they want a healthy economy that produces good-paying jobs. Voters need to realize that won't get any of that by voting Republican.