With Election Day less than a week away, the number of Americans who say inflation (36%) is the most pressing issue facing the country today is on the rise. That’s 9 percentage points higher than in a similar poll in late August, according to a national Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.
After inflation, concerns drop dramatically, with abortion (10%) ranking second among the most pressing issues, mostly among Democrats. Abortion was not a double-digit issue for Republicans or Independents, and no other issue reached double-digit importance, the polling group said.
Running for governor, candidates Bill Walker and Les Gara made abortion their issue, and running for Congress, Mary Peltola called abortion “freedom” and made it her main issue, along with the fish.
But that’s not the issue on the minds of voters other than Democrats.
- Among Republicans, inflation (57%) ranks first, followed by immigration (15%).
- Among Democrats, the top issues are abortion (19%), inflation (15%), gun violence (14%), climate change (10%) and election laws (10%).
- Among the self-employed, inflation (41%) ranks first, with no other issues hitting double digits.
- More than half of Americans (54%) say the price of gas and consumer goods is the economic issue most worrying them right now, while 25% cite the cost of housing or rent, 12 % the scholarship and 5% say their employment status, Quinnipiac University reported.
Other Quinnipiac reports of his poll results show a huge difference in voter enthusiasm:
- Measuring voter motivation in this year’s midterm elections, around half of registered voters (52%) say they are more motivated to vote than in previous midterm elections, while 7 % say they are less motivated and 40% say they are just as motivated as usual.
- Among Republican registered voters, 60% say they are more motivated to vote, while 2% say they are less motivated and 36% say they are just as motivated as usual.
- Among registered Democratic voters, 51% say they are more motivated to vote, while 7% say they are less motivated and 40% say they are just as motivated as usual.
- Among registered independent voters, 47% say they are more motivated to vote, while 9% say they are less motivated and 43% say they are just as motivated as usual.
The Quinnipiac University poll regularly polls residents of many individual east coast states, as well as across the country, on political races, state and national elections, and issues.
2,203 American adults nationwide were surveyed October 26-30 with a margin of error of +/- 2.1 percentage points. The survey included 2,010 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.2 percentage points.
Read the rest of the poll results, including opinions on Joe Biden, Ukraine, Russia and Congress at this link.