By Kristina Wong - 03/28/16 12:15 PM EDT
Voters who list security as their top issue tend to favor Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani: I'm doing 'public service' questioning Clinton's health Clinton camp slams Trump response to Abedin separation: 'He thinks everything is about him' Clinton camp talking to Trump ghostwriter for debate prep: report MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonGiuliani: I'm doing 'public service' questioning Clinton's health No, Tim Kaine is not one of the most liberal members of Congress GOP rep has ‘hope’ for Clinton’s mental health plan 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.
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 SandersNo, Tim Kaine is not one of the most liberal members of Congress Reid requests FBI probe into Russia 'tampering' in U.S. election Poll: Majority of GOP voters wish they chose another presidential nominee 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.