Poll Shows Voters Most Prioritize Economy and Supreme Court

Poll Shows Voters Most Prioritize Economy and Supreme Court

By: Daniel Steingold | August 13, 2016

According to a new HuffPost/YouGov survey, 45 percent of American voters find the economy to be one of the two issues most important to them in the coming election.

The poll, which allowed likely voters to choose from a list of ten topics, found a bit of a surprise when it came to the second biggest concern among voters: the party that will be able to select the next Supreme Court Justice.

To refresh, the Supreme Court has a current vacancy due to the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away in February. 30 percent of voters named this one of their two biggest priorities when it comes to the November election.

Other priorities on the minds of voters include healthcare (26 percent), immigration (22 percent), social issues (13 percent), gun policies (13 percent), foreign policy (13 percent), the environment (10 percent), and voting rights (3 percent).

Both Democrats and Republicans agree on the economy being a prime issue, but after that, opinions differ somewhat. Democrats— and Independents— feel like healthcare and the Supreme Court are their second and third biggest issues, while Republicans believe immigration and the Supreme Court, respectively, to be the biggest issues after the economy.

Another interesting observation is that despite beliefs that terrorism is growing worse, voters seem to care much more about domestic affairs as opposed to foreign ones.

Furthermore, worries about the economy have seemed to subside, making its top-ranking even more odd.

The poll was taken amongst 1,000 U.S. adults from August 4 to August 7.

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