WASHINGTON, D.C. — Of 16 issues presented in a recent Gallup poll, at least 30% of U.S. adults rate five as being “extremely important” to their vote for president in 2020: healthcare, national security, gun policy, education and the economy. As expected with a Republican president in office, Democrats assign higher importance than Republicans to most of the issues tested, repeating a pattern seen for the opposition party (the party opposite the sitting president) in every election since 2004.
About one in three Americans say healthcare (35%), terrorism/national security (34%), gun policy (34%) and education (33%) will be extremely important to their vote. Thirty percent say this about the economy, the lowest Gallup has measured for that issue in an election year since 2000, another strong economic year.
|Extremely important||Extremely important + Very important|
|Terrorism and national security||34||80|
|The distribution of income and wealth in the U.S.||25||58|
|The federal budget deficit||23||72|
|The nation’s infrastructure||22||74|
|Trade with other nations||18||68|
|Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights||11||38|
|Ranked by percentage “extremely important”|
|GALLUP, DEC. 2-15, 2019|
These results are based on a Dec. 2-15 Gallup poll, prior to recent events in Iran that may increase the importance of terrorism/national security and foreign affairs as issues in the 2020 election.
While trade, infrastructure and foreign affairs all rank near the bottom of the list on extreme importance, three-quarters of Americans (74%) say that infrastructure is at least “very important” to their vote, while 64% and 68% of respondents say the same about foreign affairs and trade, respectively.
Large Partisan Divides on the Importance of Many Issues
Democrats and Republicans are separated by more than 10 percentage points in nine of the 16 issues polled, and four issues divide them by more than 20 points. In each of those cases, Democrats are more likely than Republicans to say those issues are extremely important to their vote. The largest party gaps on issues regarded as more important by Republicans than Democrats are five points, on abortion and terrorism/national security.
|Democrat||Independent||Republican||Democratic minus Republican difference|
|Climate change||44||27||8||+36 D|
|Distribution of income and wealth in U.S.||37||25||12||+25 D|
|Race relations||33||24||11||+22 D|
|Gun policy||46||31||26||+20 D|
|Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights||18||11||5||+13 D|
|Foreign affairs||27||23||15||+12 D|
|The nation’s infrastructure||28||22||17||+11 D|
|Trade with other nations||21||19||15||+6 D|
|The federal budget deficit||22||26||23||+1 R|
|Terrorism and national security||33||33||38||+5 R|
|GALLUP, DEC. 2-15, 2019|
Healthcare’s high level of importance (35% among all Americans) can be attributed to about half of Democrats and more than a third of independents ascribing it as extremely important, making it the most important issue for both groups.
Gun policy (34%) and education (33%) are similarly driven into Americans’ five most important issues as a result of 20-point Democratic margins. Those issues also rank highly among independents.
Terrorism/national security and the economy — at 34% and 30% among U.S. adults, respectively — are the two most influential issues for Republican voters. They are less polarizing than Democrats’ two most important issues, given that Democrats also rate these fairly high on importance. Thirty-eight percent of Republicans rate national security as extremely important to them in the 2020 election, as do 33% of both Democrats and independents. Republicans (30%), Democrats (30%) and independents (29%) are all in alignment as to how influential the economy will be to their vote.
In the upcoming 2020 national election, what are some of the important issues you would like to see addressed by the candidates ? Why are these issues important to you ?
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