Throughout 2018, Florida voters have been telling pollsters that their top issues include healthcare, the economy, immigration and gun control.
A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows these issues remain important but there a few other concerns at the national issue.
The NBC/WSJ poll asked voters their views on issues looming in the 2018 campaign. The most popular issues included the following:
Immigration: 58 percent say they would be more likely to vote for a congressional candidate who supports allowing young adults who were brought into the country illegally by their parents to stay in the U.S. legally to attend college or to work.
Cutting Taxes: 55 percent say they would be more likely to support a candidate who supports cutting the tax rate for businesses and corporations and cutting taxes for most Americans.
Gun Control: 51 percent say they would support a candidate who favors stricter regulations on assault and military-style firearms.
Healthcare: 47 percent say they would lean towards a candidate that favored a single-payer healthcare system, often dubbed “Medicare For All.”
The least popular issues included the following:
Entitlements: 82 percent say they would be less supportive of a candidate who favors cutting Social Security and Medicare to help pay for President Donald Trump’s tax cuts.
Border Wall: 55 percent say they would be less likely to support a candidate who favors increasing funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
President Trump: 53 percent say they wouldn’t support a candidate who supports Trump’s positions more than 90 percent of the time.
Healthcare Cuts: 52 percent say they are less likely to vote for a candidate who supports weakening or eliminating the Affordable Care Act which was supported and signed into law by then President Barack Obama.
Immigration enforcement: 48 percent say they are less inclined to vote for a candidate who favors abolishing ICE, the agency in charge of immigration and customs enforcement.
Nancy Pelosi: 44 percent say they would not support a candidate who supports U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as the speaker of the House if Democrats take control of Congress.
On the economy, a solid majority of those surveyed–69 percent– say they’re satisfied with the economy.
The NBC/WSJ poll of 900 voters–almost half of them reached by cellphone–was taken from Sept. 16- Sep. 19— and it had an overall margin of error of +/- 3.3 percent. This included a sample of 594 likely voters with a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.
Contact Ed at Ed.Dean@FloridaDaily.com.