The economy remains the number one issue for all voters this election cycle, but Republicans are a lot more worried about national security than Democrats and unaffiliated voters are.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey of 1,000 likely U.S. voters finds that 37percent say the economy and jobs is the most important issues to their vote for president this fall. Twenty-nine percent see national security and the War on Terror as most important. Illegal immigration comes in a distant third with 12 percent support, while 8 percent see the environment as most important. Five percent consider race and gender policy to be the most important election issue, but 7 percent place the most importance on something else not named in the survey.
Yet while nearly half (47 percent) of Democrats consider the economy to be the most important issue in the presidential race, just 32 percent of Republicans and 30 percent of voters not affiliated with either major political party agree. For GOP voters, national security is the leading issue, with 42 percent who say it is most important to their vote for president, a view shared by only 18 percent of Democrats and 29 percentof unaffiliateds.
Illegal immigration is the third most important issue for Republicans (17 percent) and unaffiliated voters (15 percent), but Democrats rank the environment third with 12 percent support. Only five percent of Democrats consider illegal immigration the most important issue this election cycle, putting it in last place on their list of concerns. The environment ranks fourth in importance for unaffiliated voters but is tied for last among Republicans.
The economy has been the number one issue in terms of importance to voters for years. National security typically ranked much lower, behind issues like health care and government ethics and corruption.