According to a survey by Monmouth University Poll released on Thursday, voters’ priorities have drastically changed since the 2018 midterm election cycle, when health care ranked as their top worry for 28% of voters. This year, only 16% of respondents said the same.
Voters are more concerned about the status of the economy than they are about Roe v. Wade being overturned by the Supreme Court.
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When asked to select the most important problem among six policy options, the poll indicated that 26% of respondents said the economy was their top concern, and 26% mentioned abortion as we approach the 2022 election cycle.
“Congressional party preference hasn’t moved a lot this year, but the issue picture may be coming into focus,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, in a news release on the results. “The economy and abortion are the top issues right now.”
Immigration, gun control, and tax policy are nominally less significant than they were during the previous election cycle, as per a Monmouth University pre-midterm poll conducted in August 2018.
As inflation and supply chain difficulties have taken a bigger toll on household budgets, only 15% of those polled now approve of the job Congress is doing, down from 21% in March. According to the poll, 77% of Americans now disapprove of Congress.
As per Monmouth pollsters’ analysis of the results, the changes in policy priority took on a partisan slant.
The authors wrote, “For example, the drop in immigration policy’s importance since the last midterm is driven mainly by Democrats (23 percent extremely important, down from 37 percent in 2018) while the drop in health care policy’s importance is driven mainly by Republicans (18 percent, down from 37 percent).”
As the Supreme Court considers a potentially seismic case from Mississippi that will ultimately overturn the court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, a study of Democrats found an increase in those who see abortion rights as a high priority.
The conservative majority of the justices sided with overturning the decades-old decision that guarantees the right to abortion and has been used to overturn restrictive laws in conservative states that have sought to restrict access, according to a draft opinion of the court’s decision, which is expected this summer.