Poll: Climate is most divisive issue in U.S.

Climate change is the most divisive issue among United States voters’ rankings of policy areas by importance, a new survey found.

The Gallup poll found that 72 percent of Democrats think climate change is a very important or extremely important in how they will vote in this year’s elections, compared with 25 percent of Republicans and 44 percent of independent voters.

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The 47-point spread between Democrats and Republicans was the highest of any issues for which Gallup polled.

The treatment of minority groups and the size and efficiency of the federal government were also among the most divisive issues in Gallup’s survey.

Voters care the most about the economy, Gallup said, followed by immigration, healthcare and defense.

Climate change ranked at the bottom of the list of important issues, in terms of the number of voters who found it very or extremely important.