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NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). May 6-10, 2010. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

.

"Let me list some issues that have been proposed for the federal government to address. Please tell me which one of these items you think should be the top priority for the federal government. [See below.]" If more than one: "Well, if you had to choose just one, which do you think should be the top priority?"

.

    %

.

Job creation and economic growth 35

.

The deficit and government spending 20

.

National security and terrorism 12

.

Health care 10

.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan 7

.

Immigration 7

.

Energy and the cost of gas 4

.

Other (vol.) 1

.

All equally (vol.) 3

.

None of these (vol.) 1

.


 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. May 4-5, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Which ONE of the following items do you think is most important for the federal government to be working on right now? The economy and jobs. The deficit and government spending. Terrorism and national security. Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Immigration." Options rotated

.

ALL Democrats Republicans Independents  
% % % %  

Economy and jobs

47 55 37 48  

Deficit, spending

15 8 22 16  

Terrorism, security

8 6 10 10  

Iraq and Afghanistan

7 9 5 4  

Immigration

5 3 7 6  

All (vol.)

16 18 16 13  

None/Other (vol.)

1 - 1 2  

Unsure

1 - 1 -  

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. April 5-12, 2010. N=1,580 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?" Open-ended

.

%

Economy/Jobs

49

Health care

8

Budget deficit/National debt

5

Poverty/Homelessness

4

War/Iraq/Afghanistan

4

Big government/Bureaucracy

2

Misc. moral values

2

Other

21

Unsure

5

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. April 6-7, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Which one of the following issues will be most important to your vote for Congress: [see below]?" Options rotated

.

ALL Democrats Republicans Independents  
% % % %  

"The economy"

49 52 45 48  

"Health care"

21 24 21 20  

"Expansion of government"

9 1 15 13  

"Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan"

8 12 3 7  

"Taxes"

5 5 5 6  

"Terrorism"

4 3 6 2  

Other (vol.)

3 2 3 2  

Unsure

2 1 3 2  

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. March 26-28, 2010. N=1,033 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.

.

"How important will each of the following issues be to your vote for Congress this year? Will it be extremely important, very important, moderately important, or not that important? How about [see below]?"

.

Extremely
Important
Very
Important
Moderately
Important
Not That
Important
Unsure
% % % % %

.

"Unemployment"

3/26-28/10

46 40 10 3 1

9/20-22/02

28 37 29 5 1

.

"The federal budget deficit"

3/26-28/10

46 33 18 3 -

 

Bloomberg Poll conducted by Selzer & Co. March 19-22, 2010. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

.

"Which of the following do you see as the most important issue facing the country right now: the economy, health care, government spending and the federal deficit, the war in Afghanistan, unemployment?" Options rotated

.

%        

The economy

31        

Health care

22        

Spending and the deficit

20        

Unemployment

19        

The war in Afghanistan

5        

Unsure

3        

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. March 19-21, 2010. N=529 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.5.

.

"Which of the following will be the most important issue when you decide how to vote for Congress this year: [see below]?" Options rotated

.

%

.

"The economy"

43

.

"Health care"

23

.

"Education"

11

.

"The federal budget deficit"

8

.

"The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan"

7

.

"Terrorism"

3

.

"Energy and environmental policies"

2

.

Other (vol.)

2

.

Unsure

1

.


 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Jan. 22-24, 2010. N=1,009 adults nationwide.

.

"How important is it to you that the President and Congress deal with each of the following issues in the next year? Will it be extremely important, very important, moderately important, or not that important? . . ." Most items asked of half the sample

.

Extremely
Important
Very
Important
Moderately
Important
Not That
Important
Unsure
% % % % %

.

"The economy"

1/22-24/10

61 36 3 1 -

5/16-18/09

59 33 6 2 -

2/18-19/09

70 25 3 2 -

.

"Unemployment"

1/22-24/10

58 36 4 1 -

5/16-18/09

51 37 10 2 -

.

"Terrorism"

1/22-24/10

55 33 9 2 -

5/16-18/09

46 35 16 3 -

2/18-19/09

51 31 14 4 -

.

"The federal budget deficit"

1/22-24/10

46 37 13 4 -

5/16-18/09

47 33 15 4 1

.

"Health care"

1/22-24/10

43 26 19 12 -

2/18-19/09

48 29 17 6 -

.

"Education"

1/22-24/10

42 37 15 5 -

2/18-19/09

48 33 15 4 -

.

"The situation in Afghanistan"

1/22-24/10

39 39 16 5 1

5/16-18/09

35 42 17 5 1

2/18-19/09

41 35 20 4 -

.

"The situation in Iraq"

1/22-24/10

38 36 22 4 -

5/16-18/09

35 39 20 5 -

2/18-19/09

43 32 20 4 1

.

"Taxes"

1/22-24/10

33 36 27 4 -

2/18-19/09

43 33 20 4 -

.

"Regulation on big banks"

1/22-24/10

30 34 25 11 -

.

"Illegal immigration"

1/22-24/10

29 27 32 12 -

2/18-19/09

33 29 28 10 -

.

"The environment"

1/22-24/10

26 27 31 16 -

2/18-19/09

29 34 25 11 1

.

"Energy policy"

1/22-24/10

25 37 28 9 -

2/18-19/09

35 38 20 7 -

.

"Abortion"

1/22-24/10

21 20 26 32 1

.

"Gay marriage"

1/22-24/10

14 13 22 51 1

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Jan. 10-14, 2010. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

.

"Let me list some issues that have been proposed for the federal government to address. Please tell me which one of these items you think should be the top priority for the federal government. [See below.]" If more than one: "Well, if you had to choose just one, which do you think should be the top priority?"

.

    1/10-14/10 9/17-20/09 7/24-27/09 6/12-15/09
    % % % %
Job creation and economic growth 38 30 38 31
National security and terrorism 17 11 11 14
The deficit and government spending 13 18 17 19
Health care 12 21 14 16
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan 10 11 10 9
Energy and the cost of gas 4 4 5 5
Social issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage 3 3 2 2
Other (vol.) - - 1 -
All equally (vol.) 3 2 2 3
Unsure - - - 1

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Jan. 8-10, 2010. N=1,021 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Which of the following is the most important issue facing the country today: [see below]?" Options rotated

.

1/8-10/10 12/2-3/09

.

% %

.

The economy

47 40

.

Health care

15 17

.

The federal budget deficit

11 13

.

Terrorism

11 4

.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

7 16

.

Education

5 7

.

Energy and environmental policies

3 2

.

Other (vol.)

1 1

.


 

Bloomberg Poll conducted by Selzer & Co. Dec. 3-7, 2009. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

.

"Which of the following do you see as the most important issue facing the country right now: [see below]?" Options rotated

.

%        

The economy

48        

Health care

20        

The federal budget deficit

16        

The war in Afghanistan

10        

Climate change

3        

Other (vol.)

1        

Unsure

2        

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2009. N=1,018 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Which of the following is the most important issue facing the country today: [see below]?" Options rotated

.

10/30 -
11/1/09
8/28-31/09 6/26-28/09 4/23-26/09 3/12-15/09
% % % % %

The economy

47 41 51 55 63

Health care

17 20 13 9 9

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

12 8 8 9 6

The federal budget deficit

11 15 14 10 8

Education

6 8 4 6 5

Terrorism

4 5 5 6 5

Energy policy

2 2 4 3 2

Other (vol.)

1 1 1 1 1

Unsure

- - - 1 -

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Oct. 16-19, 2009. N=1,521 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Which of the following should be Barack Obama's top priority as president: the economy, health care, the situations in Iraq and Afghanistan, energy, the federal budget deficit, or something else?" Options rotated
11/09: "Now, looking ahead to next January when Barack Obama will take office as president -- Which of the following should be Barack Obama's top priority as president . . . ?"

.

10/16-19/09 11/7-9/08      
% %      

Economy

41 64      

Iraq and Afghanistan

18 11      

Health care

17 5      

Federal deficit

14 7      

Energy

2 6      

Something else

2 3      

All (vol.)

4 3      

Unsure

1 -      

 

Bloomberg Poll conducted by Selzer & Co. Sept. 10-14, 2009. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

.

"Which of the following do you see as the most important issue facing the country right now? . . ."

.

%        

The economy

46        

Health care

23        

The federal budget deficit

16        

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

10        

Climate change

2        

Other (vol.)

1        

Unsure

2        

 

Diageo/Hotline Poll conducted by FD. July 9-13, 2009. N=800 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.5.

.

"As of today, which issue do you think will be the most important in determining how you vote in the elections for Congress in 2010? [See below.]" Options rotated

.

%        

Economic stimulus

50        

Health care reform

23        

Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

13        

Energy and climate change initiatives

7        

All of them (vol.)

1        

Other (vol.)

2        

Unsure

4        

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. April 1-5, 2009. N=998 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Beside the economy, which of these domestic policy areas do you want the President and Congress to concentrate on MOST right now: health care, energy, education, or Social Security?"

.

%        

Health care

35        

Education

22        

Social Security

17        

Energy

15        

Other/Combination (vol.)

9        

Unsure

2        

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Feb. 18-19, 2009. N=1,046 adults nationwide.

.

"How important is it to you that the President and Congress deal with each of the following issues in the next year? Will it be extremely important, very important, moderately important, or not that important? . . ." Most items asked of half the sample

.

Extremely
Important
Very
Important
Moderately
Important
Not That
Important
Unsure
% % % % %

.

"Social Security and Medicare"

2/18-19/09

46 37 13 4 -

.

"Stem cell research"

2/18-19/09

17 16 40 25 2

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Jan. 11-15, 2009. N=1,112 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today?" Open-ended

.

%

Economy/Jobs

60

War in Iraq

3

Moral values/Family values

3

Education

2

Health care/Health insurance

2

Poverty

2

Budget/Deficit

2

Oil dependency/Energy policy

2

Politicians/Corruption

2

Other

20

Unsure

2

.

"What is the single most important thing you would like to see Barack Obama accomplish in the next four years as president?" Open-ended

.

%

Improve the economy

40

Create jobs in the U.S.

11

Address/end Iraq war

10

Health insurance plan

8

Make the U.S. better (general)

5

Change foreign policy

2

Keep country safe

2

Bring bipartisanship

2

Other

16

Unsure/No answer

4

 

Pew Research Center survey. Jan. 7-11, 2009. N=1,503 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Right now, which is more important for President-elect Obama to focus on: domestic policy or foreign policy?"

.

Domestic
Policy
Foreign
Policy
Both (vol.) Unsure

.

% % % %

.

1/7-11/09

71 11 14 4

.

.

"I'd like to ask you some questions about priorities for President-elect Obama and Congress this year. As I read from a list, tell me if you think the item that I read should be a top priority, important but lower priority, not too important or should it not be done. Should [see below] be a top priority, important but lower priority, not too important, or should it not be done?" Asked of half the sample (MoE ± 4), except where noted. Jan. 2006: ". . . priorities for President Bush and Congress . . . ."

.

Top
Priority
Lower
Priority
Not Too
Important
Should Not
Be Done
Unsure
% % % % %

.

"Strengthening the nation's economy" Full sample

1/7-11/09

85 12 1 1 1

1/4-8/06

66 26 5 1 2

.

"Improving the job situation"

1/7-11/09

82 15 1 1 1

1/4-8/06

65 28 4 1 2

.

"Defending the country from future terrorist attacks"

1/7-11/09

76 18 3 1 2

1/4-8/06

80 18 1 - 1

.

"Taking steps to make the Social Security system financially sound"

1/7-11/09

63 31 3 1 2

1/4-8/06

64 28 4 2 2

.

"Improving the educational system"

1/7-11/09

61 30 5 2 2

1/4-8/06

67 26 4 2 1

.

"Dealing with the nation's energy problem"

1/7-11/09

60 32 5 1 2

1/4-8/06

58 33 6 1 2

.

"Taking steps to make the Medicare system financially sound"

1/7-11/09

60 32 5 1 2

1/4-8/06

62 30 4 2 2

.

"Reducing health care costs"

1/7-11/09

59 30 5 4 2

.

"Reducing the budget deficit"

1/7-11/09

53 33 7 3 4

1/4-8/06

55 35 5 1 4

.

"Providing health insurance to the uninsured"

1/7-11/09

52 33 6 6 3

1/4-8/06

59 30 6 2 3

.

"Dealing with the problems of poor and needy people"

1/7-11/09

50 39 6 3 2

1/4-8/06

55 36 6 1 2

.

"Reducing crime"

1/7-11/09

46 41 9 2 2

1/4-8/06

62 29 6 1 2

.

"Dealing with the moral breakdown in the country"

1/7-11/09

45 29 16 6 4

1/4-8/06

47 26 14 9 4

.

"Strengthening the U.S. military"

1/7-11/09

44 39 8 4 5

1/4-8/06

42 36 13 6 3

.

"Reducing federal income taxes for the middle class"

1/7-11/09

43 39 10 4 4

1/4-8/06

51 32 8 5 4

.

"Protecting the environment"

1/7-11/09

41 42 12 3 2

1/4-8/06

57 35 6 1 1

.

"Dealing with the issue of illegal immigration"

1/7-11/09

41 36 18 3 2

.

"Reducing the influence of lobbyists and special interest groups in Washington"

1/7-11/09

36 34 18 5 7

.

"Dealing with global trade issues"

1/7-11/09

31 49 11 2 7

1/4-8/06

30 46 11 5 8

.

"Dealing with global warming"

1/7-11/09

30 37 19 10 4

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Dec. 19-21, 2008. N=1,013 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Which of the following is the most important issue facing the country today: [see below]?" Options rotated

.

%        

The economy

75        

Health care

7        

The war in Iraq

6        

Terrorism

6        

Illegal immigration

5        

Other (vol.)

1        

 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media. Nov. 6-10, 2008. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

.

"How much of a priority should each of the following be for the new president? Would you say each one should be a top priority, an important but lower priority, not an important priority, or should not be done. How about [see below]?"

.

Top
Priority
Important Not
Important
Should Not
Be Done
Unsure
% % % % %

.

"Improving the economy"

11/6-10/08

84 14 1 1 0

.

"Creating jobs"

11/6-10/08

80 15 2 1 1

.

"Reducing the federal budget deficit"

11/6-10/08

61 31 5 1 2

.

"Stabilizing the nation's financial institutions"

11/6-10/08

61 26 5 6 3

.

"Removing most troops from Iraq by 2010"

11/6-10/08

51 27 8 10 5

.

"Dealing with the problems of poor people"

11/6-10/08

50 38 8 2 1

.

"Implementing a national health care plan"

11/6-10/08

50 26 9 14 1

.

"Protecting the environment"

11/6-10/08

49 40 8 2 1

.

"Allowing off-shore drilling for oil"

11/6-10/08

37 36 13 11 3

.

"Cutting personal tax rates"

11/6-10/08

36 44 11 6 4

.

"Eliminating the previous tax cuts for couples earning more than $250,000 a year"

11/6-10/08

29 30 19 18 4

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Nov. 1-2, 2008. N=971 likely voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Which one of the following issues will be the most important in deciding your vote for president: [see below]?" Options rotated

.

ALL Demo-
crats
Repub-
licans
Indepen-
dents
 
% % % %  

Economy and jobs

49 63 33 48  

Terrorism and national security

9 1 19 6  

Health care

8 11 4 7  

Taxes

8 5 12 5  

War in Iraq

7 8 3 10  

Ethics/government corruption

6 3 7 8  

Abortion

6 2 11 4  

Energy

3 3 2 3  

Immigration

2 - 3 2  

Other (vol.)

3 2 4 5  

Unsure

1 1 1 1  

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2008. N=714 likely voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.5.

.

"Which of the following issues will be MOST important to you when you decide how to vote for president: [see below]?" Options rotated

.

10/30 -
11/1/08
9/19-21/08      
% %      

Economy

57 58      

War in Iraq

13 9      

Health care

13 13      

Terrorism

10 13      

Illegal immigration

5 5      

Other (vol.)

2 2      

Unsure

1 -      

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Oct. 25-29, 2008. N=1,308 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

 

"In deciding who you would like to see elected president this year, which one of the following issues will be most important to you: terrorism and national security, the economy and jobs, health care, the war in Iraq, gas prices and energy policy, illegal immigration, or something else?"

 

%

The economy and jobs

55

Terrorism and national security

13

Health care

9

Gas prices and energy policy

7

The war in Iraq

6

Illegal immigration

4

Something else

6

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Oct. 22-23, 2008. N=1,092 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 4.

.

"Which ONE of the following ISSUES is MOST important in determining your vote for president this year? The economy and jobs. Taxes and government spending. The Iraq war. Terrorism and national security. Energy policy and gas prices. Issues like abortion, guns, and same-sex marriage. Health care." Options rotated

.

10/22-23/08 10/8-9/08 9/10-11/08    
% % %    

Economy and jobs

44 48 39    

Taxes, government spending

14 10 14    

Terrorism, national security

12 8 10    

Health care

8 9 7    

Iraq war

7 8 10    

Abortion, guns, marriage

6 6 8    

Energy policy, gas prices

5 8 8    

Other/None of these (vol.)

1 1 1    

Unsure

3 2 3    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Neil Newhouse (R). Sept. 19-22, 2008. N=1,085 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

 

"I'm going to mention four sets of issues. Please tell me which ONE of the following sets of issues is most important to you in deciding for whom you will vote in the presidential election. Economic issues, including job losses, home foreclosures, and energy prices. Social issues related to moral values, including gay rights, guns rights, and sex education for young children. Domestic issues, including health care, education, and the environment. Foreign policy issues, including Iraq, Russia, and the war on terrorism."

 

%

Economic issues

57

Domestic issues

17

Foreign policy issues

15

Social issues

10

Unsure

1

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Sept. 10-11, 2008. N=1,038 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.8.

.

"Which ONE of the following ISSUES is MOST important in determining your vote for president this year? The economy and jobs. Taxes and government spending. The Iraq war. Terrorism and national security. Energy policy and gas prices. Issues like abortion, guns, and same-sex marriage. Health care." Options rotated

.

ALL Obama
Supporters
McCain
Supporters
   
% % %    

Economy and jobs

39 55 23    

Taxes, government spending

14 7 22    

Iraq war

10 15 5    

Terrorism, national security

10 2 18    

Energy policy, gas prices

8 7 9    

Abortion, guns, marriage

8 3 13    

Health care

7 9 4    

Other/None of these (vol.)

1 - 1    

Unsure

3 2 5    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Sept. 5-7, 2008. N=1,022 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

 

"If you had to choose, which of the following issues will be most important to your vote for president: the economy, terrorism, the situation in Iraq, health care, energy, including gas prices, or some other issue?" Options rotated

 

%

The economy

42

The situation in Iraq

13

Energy, including gas prices

13

Health care

13

Terrorism

12

Illegal immigration (vol.)

1

Abortion (vol.)

1

Education (vol.)

1

Other

4

Unsure

1

 

Diageo/Hotline Poll conducted by Financial Dynamics. Aug. 29-31, 2008. N=805 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.5.

.

"And, thinking about the upcoming presidential election, if you had to choose which ONE of the following issues will be MOST important to you when you decide how to vote for president: [see below]?"

.

%        

The economy

46        

America's energy policies

19        

The war in Iraq

17        

Health care

13        

Other (vol.)

1        

Unsure

4        

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Neil Newhouse (R). Aug. 15-18, 2008. N=1,005 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

.

"Let me list some issues that have been proposed for the federal government to address. Please tell me which one of these items you think should be the top priority for the federal government. [See below.]" If more than one: "Well, if you had to choose just one, which do you think should be the top priority?"

.

    %
Job creation and economic growth 27
Energy and the cost of gas 18
Health care 14
The war in Iraq 13
Terrorism 9
Illegal immigration 8
The mortgage and housing situation 4
The situation with Russia and the nation of Georgia 2
Other 1
All equally (vol.) 4

 

CBS News Poll. July 31-Aug. 5, 2008. N=906 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

 

"Which one issue would you most like to hear the candidates for president discuss during the 2008 presidential campaign?" Open-ended

 

%

Economy/Jobs

36

War in Iraq

17

Gas/Heating oil crisis

9

Health care/Medicare/Medicaid

8

Environment

5

Immigration

2

Defense/Military

2

Taxes/IRS

2

Other

11

Unsure

8

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. June 26-29, 2008. N=906 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.5.

.

"How important will each of the following be to your vote for president? Will it be extremely important, very important, moderately important, or not that important? . . ."

.

Extremely
Important
Very
Important
Moderately
Important
Not That
Important
Unsure
% % % % %

.

The economy

6/26-29/08

58 35 6 1 -

.

The situation in Iraq

6/26-29/08

50 34 13 3 -

.

Gas prices

6/26-29/08

48 29 17 5 -

.

Health care

6/26-29/08

47 36 14 3 -

.

Terrorism

6/26-29/08

45 32 18 4 -

.

Education

6/26-29/08

44 39 14 3 -

.

Social Security and Medicare

6/26-29/08

41 36 18 4 -

.

Taxes

6/26-29/08

40 34 22 5 -

.

Illegal immigration

6/26-29/08

34 33 24 9 1

.

The environment

6/26-29/08

33 33 27 7 -

.

Foreign trade

6/26-29/08

29 36 27 7 1

.

Gun policy

6/26-29/08

26 27 28 19 -

.

Abortion

6/26-29/08

24 26 25 25 -

.

Race relations

6/26-29/08

19 29 28 23 -

.

Policies toward gays and lesbians

6/26-29/08

16 20 27 37 -

 

Time Poll conducted by Abt SRBI. June 18-25, 2008. N=805 likely voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Here are some issues in the news these days. Please tell me how important the issue is to you personally in voting in this year's presidential election. Is [see below] an issue that is extremely important to you, very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important to you?"

.

Extremely
Important
Very
Important
Somewhat
Important
Not Too
Important
Not at All
Important
Unsure
% % % % % %

.

.

.

"The nation's economy"

6/18-25/08

50

44

5

-

1

-

.

.

.

"Gas prices at the pump"

6/18-25/08

47

34

15

2

1

1

.

.

.

"The situation in Iraq"

6/18-25/08

43

43

11

1

1

1

.

.

.

"Health care"

6/18-25/08

43

38

15

3

1

-

.

.

.

"Your own economic well-being"

6/18-25/08

43

38

14

3

1

1

.

.

.

"Education"

6/18-25/08

40

41

15

2

2

-

.

.

.

"Terrorism"

6/18-25/08

40

41

14

4

1

1

.

.

.

"Strengthening Social Security and Medicare"

6/18-25/08

34

40

20

4

1

1

.

.

.

"Taxes"

6/18-25/08

30

39

24

4

2

1

.

.

.

"Immigration"

6/18-25/08

24

33

30

9

3

1

.

.

.

"Global warming"

6/18-25/08

22

29

25

12

10

1

.

.

.

"So-called 'values issues,' such as abortion and gay marriage"

6/18-25/08

20

27

30

10

11

3


 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. June 15-19, 2008. N=1,625 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Now I am going to read a list of some of the issues that will probably be discussed in this year’s presidential election campaign. As I read each one, please tell me how important the candidates' positions on that issue will be in influencing your vote for president: extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not important. How about [see below]?"

.

Extremely/
Very Important
%

.

The economy 91

.

Energy, including gas prices 90

.

The situation in Iraq 85

.

Health care 80

.

Terrorism 76

.

Taxes 72

.

Moral values 69

.

Illegal immigration 59

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. May 21-25, 2008. N=1,242 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.5.

.

"Now I'd like to ask about how important some issues are to you. In making your decision about who to vote for this fall, will the issue of [see below] be very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important?"

.

Very
Important
Somewhat
Important
Not Too
Important
Not at All
Important
Unsure
% % % % %
The economy

5/21-25/08

88 9 1 1 1

.

Education

5/21-25/08

78 17 3 1 1

.

Jobs

5/21-25/08

78 17 3 1 1

.

Health care

5/21-25/08

78 17 3 2 -

.

Energy

5/21-25/08

77 20 2 - 1

.

Social Security

5/21-25/08

75 19 4 1 1

.

Iraq

5/21-25/08

72 20 4 2 2

.

The federal budget deficit

5/21-25/08

69 21 4 3 3

.

Taxes

5/21-25/08

68 24 5 2 1

.

Terrorism

5/21-25/08

68 23 6 2 1

.

The environment

5/21-25/08

62 27 8 3 -

.

Moral values

5/21-25/08

62 24 7 6 1

.

Immigration

5/21-25/08

54 32 9 3 2

.

Trade policy

5/21-25/08

51 38 6 1 4

.

Abortion

5/21-25/08

40 27 15 15 3

.

Gay marriage

5/21-25/08

28 21 19 29 3

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. May 8-11, 2008. N=1,122 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Thinking ahead to the November presidential election, what is the single most important issue in your choice for president?" Open-ended

.

5/08 9/07
% %

Economy/Jobs

36 11

War in Iraq

21 35

Health care

6 13

Terrorism/National security

4 6

Ethics/Corruption in government

3 6

Other

21 20

Unsure

6 9

 

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. May 1-8, 2008. N=1,986 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"What issue or problem do you consider the top priority for candidates running for president to address this election? Is it the war in Iraq, or protecting the country from terrorist attacks, or the economy, or education, or the environment, or health care issues, or illegal immigration, or other social issues, such as abortion and gay rights, or is there another issue?" Up to two replies accepted

.

%

The economy

56

War in Iraq

34

Health care issues

11

Illegal immigration

11

Education

8

Terrorist attacks

7

The environment

4

Other social issues

2

Another issue

6

None/All (vol.)

9

Unsure

1

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. March 28-April 2, 2008. N=1,368 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today?" Open-ended

.

%

Economy/Jobs

37

War in Iraq

15

Gas/Heating oil crisis

7

Health care

6

Immigration

3

Other

30

Unsure

2

 

Gallup Poll. March 6-9, 2008. N=1,012 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Next I'm going to read a list of problems facing the country. For each one, please tell me if you personally worry about this problem a great deal, a fair amount, only a little, or not at all. How much do you personally worry about [see below]?"

.

    Great
Deal
Fair
Amount
Only a
Little/
Not at All
    % % %

.

"The economy" 60 30 10

.

"The availability and affordability of health care" 58 23 18

.

"Crime and violence" 49 31 19

.

"The availability and affordability of energy" 47 35 17

.

"The Social Security system" 46 29 24

.

"Drug use" 43 24 33

.

"The quality of the environment" 40 34 26

.

"The possibility of future terrorist attacks in the U.S." 40 33 27

.

"Illegal immigration" 40 30 30

.

"Hunger and homelessness" 38 35 26

.

"Unemployment" 36 32 31

.

"Race relations" 18 27 54

 

Fortune Magazine poll conducted by Abt SRBI. Jan. 14-16, 2008. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"To start with, I am going to name some issues that are in the news these days. Please tell me how important the issue is to you personally, in voting in this year's presidential election. Is [see below] an issue that is extremely important to you, very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important to you?"

.

Extremely
Important
Very
Important
Somewhat
Important
Not Too
Important
Not at All
Important
% % % % %

The nation's economy

46 41 12 1 1

.

Health care

44 37 14 3 2

.

The situation in Iraq

42 42 12 2 2

.

Terrorism

41 37 15 4 2

.

Education

39 41 15 3 2

.

Social Security

35 36 23 4 2

.

Taxes

32 39 21 5 2

.

Immigration

27 33 26 10 4

.

Global warming

20 28 27 11 12

.

Abortion

20 25 25 12 14

.

U.S. trade with foreign nations

18 34 35 7 4

Problems and priorities continued


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