Here Are Voters' Top Issues For 2020

Ariel Edwards-Levy
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A young African American woman holding a voting badge. (LPETTET via Getty Images)
A young African American woman holding a voting badge. (LPETTET via Getty Images)

Voters’ top issues in this election include the economy, health care and the pandemic, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds. President Donald Trump’s campaign, voters say, has focused largely on the economy, while Joe Biden’s campaign has spent more time addressing the latter two issues.

No matter how atypical this year has turned out to be, voters’ top issues cover familiar ground. Asked to select three top campaign issues from a list of 15 topics, 47% of voters picked the economy and 46% chose health care, with 31% naming the coronavirus outbreak. That trio was trailed by immigration (22%), the Supreme Court (19%), the environment and gun policies (each at 17%), social issues (11%), and abortion policy (10%). None of the remaining topics, including foreign policy and the candidates’ personal qualities, reached double digits.

Concerns are starkly polarized. Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters say they’re most concerned about health care (59%), the coronavirus (44%), the economy (33%) and the environment (31%). Republican and Republican-leaning voters describe themselves as overwhelmingly focused on the economy (61%), followed by health care (34%), immigration (31%) and the Supreme Court (27%).

Results of a new HuffPost/YouGov poll on top campaign issues. (Ariel Edwards-Levy/HuffPost)
Results of a new HuffPost/YouGov poll on top campaign issues. (Ariel Edwards-Levy/HuffPost)

Those divides largely echo voters’ perceptions about where each of the candidates has focused their attention.

The two issues voters are most likely to say they’ve heard about from Biden are the coronavirus outbreak (44%) and health care (43%), followed by criticism of Trump (31%). About 1-in-5 voters said Biden had focused on the economy, the environment and social issues, respectively, with no other issues breaking into the double digits.

The two issues voters are most likely to say they’ve heard about from Trump are the economy (46%) and criticism of Biden (41%), followed by the Supreme Court (28%). Just 18% say the coronavirus outbreak has ranked among Trump’s top campaign issues, with the same percentage citing immigration. And further down...

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