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 Hagan2020 Dems compete for top campaign operatives Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Politics is purple in North Carolina MORE (D-N.C.) is tied with her Republican challenger, Thom Tillis. It also found incumbent Sen. Mark UdallMark Emery UdallTrump calls Kavanaugh accusations ‘totally political’ Record number of LGBT candidates running for governor Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation MORE (D-Colo.) is in a virtual tie with his GOP challenger, Rep. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerSome employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report Colorado governor sets up federal PAC before potential 2020 campaign Hillicon Valley: Trump signs off on sanctions for election meddlers | Russian hacker pleads guilty over botnet | Reddit bans QAnon forum | FCC delays review of T-Mobile, Sprint merger | EU approves controversial copyright law 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 RobertsPat Robertson asks followers to help cast 'shield of protection' ahead of hurricane Cruz gets help from Senate GOP in face of serious challenge from O’Rourke The farm bill gives Congress a chance to act on the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act 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.