Poll: Voters concerned about security favor Trump and Clinton

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 TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMcConnell: Taliban could take over Afghanistan by 'the end of the year' Hillary Clinton: There must be a 'global reckoning' with disinformation Pelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights 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.


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 SandersSanders on Cheney drama: GOP is an 'anti-democratic cult' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden campaign promises will struggle if Republicans win back Congress Biden backs COVID-19 vaccine patent waivers 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.