Economy trumps ISIS for voters in key states

Voters in four states with competitive Senate races say the economy will be their top concern when they go the polls next week, with many fewer citing the struggle against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as their No. 1 priority.

That's according to new surveys conducted by NBC News/Marist College in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas and North Carolina.

For 20 percent of likely voters in North Carolina and 22 percent in Colorado, the collective issue of the economy and jobs remains the key in deciding their vote for Congress.


Ten percent or fewer of the voters in those states reported the war with ISIS as their top concern.

The poll found incumbent Sen. Kay HaganKay Ruthven HaganNorth Carolina businessman will challenge Tillis in GOP primary Embattled senators fill coffers ahead of 2020 NC state senator meets with DSCC as Dems eye challenge to Tillis MORE (D-N.C.) is tied with her Republican challenger, Thom Tillis. It also found incumbent Sen. Mark UdallMark Emery UdallDenver Post editorial board says Gardner endorsement was 'mistake' Gardner gets latest Democratic challenge from former state senator Setting the record straight about No Labels MORE (D-Colo.) is in a virtual tie with his GOP challenger, Rep. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerSenate Republicans running away from Alabama abortion law Frustrated GOP senators want answers from Trump on Iran Graham: Trump officials not adequately briefing on Iran threat MORE (Colo.). 

In Kansas and Iowa, likely voters said breaking partisan gridlock was their big issue. Economic growth and jobs came in second, with 17 percent in both states. 

Fewer than 10 percent of voters in those states named the war with ISIS as their top concern. 

The survey indicated the race between incumbent Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Tough questions await Trump immigration plan Pat Robertson: Alabama 'has gone too far' with 'extreme' abortion law Pat Robertson on if Equality Act passes: The land will 'vomit you out' MORE (R-Kan.) and independent Greg Orman is neck and neck. Republican Joni Ernst came out ahead of Rep. Bruce BraleyBruce Lowell BraleyOPINION | Tax reform, not Trump-McConnell feuds, will make 2018 a win for GOP Ten years later, House Dems reunite and look forward Trump: Ernst wanted 'more seasoning' before entertaining VP offer MORE (D-Iowa) by 3 percentage points in the Iowa Senate race. 

Voters did not name Ebola as a top issue in this year’s elections.

The polls surveyed more than 1,000 voters in each state, and each survey had a margin of error of about 3.6 percentage points.