There are many issues facing Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her opponent Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump this election season.
But which issues are most important to voters?
The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan “fact tank” that exists to inform the American public about issues shaping this country and abroad. Pew conducts public opinion polls, research on demographics, content analysis and data-driven social science to determine their statistics.
What they found recently was that immigration is barely sixth on the list of issues. What’s at the top?
Overall, it’s the economy and terrorism that are at the top of the issues list for voters this year.
As you can see, 84 percent say the issue of most importance for them is the economy. Of slightly less importance is the issue of terrorism at 80 percent.
Although supporters of both Clinton and Trump have very different priorities.
For example, Pew Research Center asked the question:
“Compared to 50 years ago, is life for people like you better or worse today?”
For Trump supporters the answer was:
- A full 81 percent of registered voters saying life had gotten worse for “people like them”
- Eleven percent said it had gotten better
- And six percent said it had stayed about the same.
There is a wide difference in feeling among Clinton supporters.
Clinton supporters said:
- For 59 percent of “people like them,” life had gotten better in the last 50 years,
- Nineteen percent thought it had gotten worse, and
- Eighteen percent saw little change.
An overall poll comparing the Clinton and Trump supporters to all registered voters on how they thought life had changed in America over the last 50 years ago yielded these interesting stats:
- Thirty-six percent of all voters felt life had gotten better
- Forty-seven percent of all voters felt life had gotten worse
- Twenty-two percent said it was about the same
The disparity in the statistics is a reflection of the general state of consciousness of Americans in direct opposition with both Republicans and Democrats.
Any way you look at it, the next president will have a lot of work to do in bringing the parties and the nation together.
Here’s to hoping it’s Hillary Clinton!
To illustrate the effect, here’s a video report about voters responding to Trump’s rhetoric:
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