Politics Immigration top issue for U.S. voters, economy a close second: Reuters/Ipsos poll

01:07  06 july  2018
01:07  06 july  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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Immigration tops the economy and healthcare as the most important issue determining Americans' vote ahead of the midterm elections in November, a new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll shows.

Reuters/Ipsos data shows that immigration became a top concern for registered voters in the United States after the Trump administration in May announced its "zero tolerance" policy on illegal immigrants, saying they would be criminally charged. The policy became a political lightning rod in mid-June with disclosures that thousands of children were separated from their parents who were accused of crossing illegally into the country.

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- 72 percent agree “the American economy is rigged to advantage the rich and powerful.” A voter fills out his ballot in a living room polling place during the presidential election in Dover, Oklahoma. The Reuters / Ipsos online opinion poll was conducted on Election Day in English in all 50 states.

Immigration remains the top of mind issue among all Americans. For the second week in a row, immigration (17%) is seen as the most important issue facing America today, followed closely by healthcare The precision of the Reuters / Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval.

The poll, conducted between June 28 and July 2, found:

- Fifteen percent of U.S. registered voters said immigration was the top issue determining how they will cast their ballot in November, while 14 percent said the economy was their biggest concern.

- Twenty-six percent of registered Republicans cited immigration as the most important issue likely to determine their vote, up 14 percentage points from a similar poll conducted at the beginning of June.

- Healthcare remains the top issue for registered Democrats (16 percent), followed by the economy (14 percent), the Reuters/Ipsos poll shows. Seven percent of Democrats cited immigration as their top concern.

- However, Trump's approval on his handling of immigration remains little changed since the beginning of the year, with 52 percent of registered voters saying in an ongoing Reuters/Ipsos poll that they disapprove of the way the president is handling immigration. 

Americans are squarely divided along partisan lines on Trump’s stance on immigration: Eighty-one percent of Republicans said they approve of his handling of the issue while 84 percent of registered Democrats said they disapprove.

(Reporting by Maria Caspani; editing by Chris Kahn and Leslie Adler)

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