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Thursday, 17 December 2009

December 17-- Most likely voters want jobs (31%) or the economy (26%) to be the top domestic priority for the U.S., a new Zogby-ScoopDaily poll shows.

Fewer likely voters believe national security (13%), healthcare (10%), and the national debt (8%) should be the nation's primary focus, with education (3%), taxes (3%), the environment (2%), or immigration (2%) among the least likely to be listed as a top priority.

Which of the following domestic issues do you think should be the number one priority for the U.S.?

 

Likely voters

overall

First GlobalsTM

(18-30)

DEM

GOP

IND

Jobs

31%

24

36

26

29

The economy

26

28

24

27

27

National security

13

8

7

22

12

Healthcare

10

8

19

1

9

National debt

8

12

4

13

9

Education

3

11

4

1

5

Taxes

3

2

1

1

3

Environment

2

3

2

<1

2

Immigration

2

1

<1

4

2

None/other/not sure

3

3

4

3

3

Totals may not equal 100% due to rounding.  

First GlobalsTM, those likely voters age 18-30, were more likely than those from older generations to say national debt (12%) should be the nation's top priority, and were much more likely be believe education (11%) should take precedence over other domestic issues - even though the economy (28%) and jobs (24%) are their top concerns.

Jobs and the economy are the top priorities across the political spectrum as well, but Democrats (19%) are far more likely than Republicans (1%) or political independents (9%) to list healthcare as the top domestic issue. Republicans (22%) are much more likely than Democrats (7%) or independents (12%) to rank national security as a top priority.

This interactive survey of 3,024 likely voters was conducted Dec. 8-11, 2009.  A sampling of Zogby International's online panel, which is representative of adult Americans, was invited to participate.   Slight weights were added region, party, age, race, religion, gender, education to more accurately reflect the population. The margin of error is +/- 1.8 percentage points. Margins of error are higher in sub-groups.

 
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