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REUTERS POLL: Immigration top issue for US voters, economy second

A new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll shows that Americans believe immigration tops the economy and healthcare as the most important issue determining their vote ahead of the November midterm elections. 

The data shows that immigration is a top concern for voters after the Trump administration announced a "zero tolerance" immigration policy.  

Reuters said the policy became a hot button issue after it was disclosed that thousands of children were separated from their parents who were accused of crossing illegally into the country. 

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

  • 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.

  • Eighty-one percent of Republicans said they approve of Trump’s handling of the issue while 84 percent of registered Democrats said they disapprove.


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