The results of a new poll indicate that Americans care more about immigration, the economy, and seemingly everything else than the investigation into whether President Trump or members of his campaign colluded with Russian entities to win the 2016 presidential election.
The Gallup poll indicates that more than 1 in 5 Americans (22 percent) believe immigration to be the most pressing issue facing the country and 19 percent believe incompetencies in the United States government is the biggest problem.
An additional 7 percent of people say racism is the biggest problem and a combined 12 percent believe unifying the country and a lack of respect for one another is the most important problem. The economy (4 percent), healthcare (3 percent), ethics/religion (3 percent) each scored higher than the Russian investigation.
The Federalist reports that the stats changed significantly when broken down by political party:
Of the Republican voters surveyed, 35 percent thought immigration was the most important issue. Of Independent voters, immigration topped the charts, but a much smaller plurality (17 percent) said this was the most important issue.
Of the Democratic voters surveyed, a dissatisfaction with government was the most important issue, with 35 percent of Democratic voters naming that as their top issue. In second place among Democratic voters was immigration, with 18 percent of Democratic voters saying that is the top issue.
In a full breakdown, the Russian investigation was listed as the most important issue by less than one percent of people. Less than one percent.
Gallup recently did a poll of what Americans say is the most important problem facing the country. One finding: the percentage of Americans saying “Situation with Russia” is the most important problem is literally too small to represent with a number. https://t.co/1Kzqek9eCb pic.twitter.com/aftMkCqQi1
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) July 17, 2018
Gallup reports the issue of immigration has spiked over the past two years as Trump has been in office. Congress has struggled to secure funding for the border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and several states have acted directly against the Trump administration through “sanctuary” status:
Concerns over immigration have spiked again at points over the past two years, reflecting President Donald Trump’s continued focus on illegal immigration, and the administration’s often controversial policies designed to deal with the issue. The July survey came as news outlets and social media focused on reports of children being separated from their parents in response to Trump administration policies of apprehending families entering the country illegally. Trump subsequently modified that policy. The administration has also increased the actions of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency in finding and deporting individuals living and working in the country illegally.
Now, in Gallup’s July 1-11 update, immigration has risen to the historical high point of 22%, topping the most important problem list for only the second time in Gallup’s history. The other was in July 2014, when waves of minors migrating from Central America crossed the Southern U.S. border.
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