Poll: Voters concerned about security favor Trump and Clinton

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Voters who list security as their top issue tend to favor Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCNN tops Dem convention ratings Megadonors pressing Kochs to back Trump: report NLRB allows Trump hotel employees to unionize MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonGreens slam ‘dangerous, dirty, denying’ Trump at DNC CNN tops Dem convention ratings Chelsea Clinton's big moment MORE as the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees, a new poll released Monday found. 

The poll by Morning Consult also found an increase in the percentage of voters who name national security as their top issue, a spike that was likely spurred by the March 22 terror attacks in Brussels.

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Twenty-four percent of registered voters put national security as their top issue, an increase of 7 percentage points from a week ago. 

Fifty-nine percent of Republicans who listed national security first said they plan to vote for Trump. Among Democratic voters, Clinton won 53 percent of those who said security is their top issue, compared with 29 percent for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersKaine as Clinton's VP pick sells out progressive wing of party Trump video: Bernie 'caved' Anti-Clinton super-PAC looks to inflame intraparty tension with Sanders backers MORE (I-Vt.).

The increase in security concerns is especially pronounced among Republican women, with 41 percent saying security is their biggest concern, according to the poll. The trend was also pronounced among people who live in the Northeast. 

The percentage of voters who said the economy is their most important issue dropped 4 points from a week ago. 

"Security issues tend to spike in voters’ consciousness in the wake of terror attacks," said a memo by Morning Consult accompanying the new poll. 

"The percentage of voters who said security issues were their top concern doubled in the wake of deadly attacks in Paris and San Bernardino late last year," it added. 

The poll surveyed 2,071 registered voters between March 24 and March 26, 2016, with a margin of error of 2 percentage points.