Economy tops list of key issues for voters ahead of election: Gallup

Voters consider the economy their top issue in the presidential election, according to newly released Gallup polling.

Close to 90 percent named the economy as their top issue, including 44 percent who said it was “extremely” important and 45 percent who said it was “very” important.

Meanwhile, 83 percent of voters said terrorism and national security was important to their vote, 82 percent identified education as a priority, 80 percent chose health care, 77 percent named the coronavirus, 79 percent picked crime and 76 percent selected race relations.

Majorities of voters said nearly every other issue listed was very or extremely important as well. Seventy-four percent said foreign affairs was very or extremely important, while 68 percent said the same of gun policy, 65 percent agreed regarding immigration and the federal deficit. Sixty-four percent named U.S.-China relations as important, while 61 percent said the same of abortion and taxes and 55 percent selected climate change.

U.S.-Russia relations was the only issue viewed as important by a minority of voters, with 49 percent saying it was important, according to Gallup.

Many of these issues have spiked in importance among voters, compared to last year. In particular, those calling race relations “extremely important” to their vote has increased from 23 percent last December to 40 percent currently. During that same period, ongoing nationwide protests have swept the U.S. in response to police killings of unarmed Black Americans.

The portion of voters naming the economy as “extremely important” has increased in the same period, amid a recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Thirty percent called it extremely important to their vote in December, compared to 45 percent in September.

Pollsters surveyed 905 adults Sept. 14-28 in all 50 states. The poll has a 4-percentage point margin of error.


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