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 HaganGOP braces for Democratic spending onslaught in battle for Senate Democrats will win back the Senate majority in 2020, all thanks to President Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Better Medicare Alliance - Dems shift strategy on impeachment vote MORE (D-N.C.) is tied with her Republican challenger, Thom Tillis. It also found incumbent Sen. Mark UdallMark Emery UdallDemocrats will win back the Senate majority in 2020, all thanks to President Trump Poll: Trump trails three Democrats by 10 points in Colorado The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE (D-Colo.) is in a virtual tie with his GOP challenger, Rep. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerMcConnell keeps press in check as impeachment trial starts Progressive group launches campaign targeting vulnerable GOP senators on impeachment What to watch for as Senate organizes impeachment on day one 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 RobertsSenate fails to get deal to speed up fight over impeachment rules Juan Williams: Counting the votes to remove Trump Senate GOP hopes to move new NAFTA deal before impeachment trial MORE (R-Kan.) and independent Greg Orman is neck and neck. Republican Joni Ernst came out ahead of Rep. Bruce BraleyBruce Lowell Braley2020 caucuses pose biggest challenge yet for Iowa's top pollster OPINION | Tax reform, not Trump-McConnell feuds, will make 2018 a win for GOP Ten years later, House Dems reunite and look forward 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.