Poll: Voters cite COVID-19, the economy, and race relations as top issues facing the nation today

Voters cite the coronavirus pandemic, the economy, and race relations – knocking out healthcare and immigration – as the top issues facing the nation today, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Three in 10 registered voters in the June 16-17 survey said COVID-19 is the most important issue facing the country.

Fourteen percent of voters named the economy and jobs as the top problem, a 4 percentage point rise from when the poll was last conducted in December 2019.

Twelve percent cited race relations as the top issue, a 10 percentage point increase from last year.

In 2019, voters viewed healthcare, immigration, and terrorism as the nation's top issues.

The poll comes as the country faces an unprecedented pandemic, record unemployment, and civil unrest as weeks of protests against police brutality have arisen throughout the nation.

"You have all of this discontent percolating," Dr. Silas Lee, pollster and assistant sociology professor at the Xavier University of Louisiana, told Hill TV.

"That is contributing to this sense of anxiety that we have to address the social ills that haven't been addressed adequately in the past," he added.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 946 registered voters between June 16 and 17. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.16 percentage points. 

— Gabriela Schulte