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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

What America Thinks: Is the Economy Still King for Voters?

No matter what’s happening in the world, voters have consistently considered the economy the most important issue in recent elections. As the 2016 election approaches, it’s no different. But how does it compare to past presidential election years? We decided to find out what America thinks.

Today, 75% of all voters consider the economy Very Important to how they will vote in the upcoming presidential election. That number remains consistent across gender and age demographics, though voters over 40 place slightly more importance on the economy than those under 40.

While large majorities of voters across all political parties consider the economy a Very Important issue, Republicans say so even more than Democrats or those not affiliated with either major party. Eighty-two percent (82%) of Republicans rate the economy a Very Important voting issue, compared to 70% of Democrats and 75% of unaffiliated voters.

So how does this compare to, say, 2008, the last time the United States held a presidential election with two new candidates on the table? Well, little has changed. Throughout all of 2008, the number of voters who said the economy was Very Important ranged from the high 70s to the 80s. At this time in 2008, 81% said it was Very Important. Those numbers changed little during the last presidential election in 2012.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.