If it's in the News, it's in our Polls. Public opinion polling since 2003.


26% Rate Trump-Russia Allegations Nation’s Biggest Problem

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Despite wall-to-wall media coverage of the Trump-Russia allegations, just one-out-of-four voters rate them as the most serious problem facing the nation. For most voters, economic issues, Obamacare and other problems are more serious.

When Likely U.S. Voters are asked which of six major problems facing the nation concerns them most, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 26% opt for the Trump administration’s alleged ties to Russia. Eighteen percent (18%) say the economy is their biggest concern, while 16% list Obamacare.

For 15%, taxes and spending are the biggest worry, while just as many (14%) are more concerned about national security and the war on terror. Seven percent (7%) put illegal immigration at the top of the list. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Even among Democrats, only 40% view the possible Trump-Russia connection as their number one concern, although that view is shared by just 13% of Republicans and 25% of voters not affiliated with either major party. Next in line for Democrats are Obamacare (18%) and the economy (17%).

Twenty-three percent (23%) of GOP voters are most concerned about national security and the war on terror, making that their number one worry, closely followed by taxes and spending (20%) and the economy (18%).

For unaffiliated voters, Russia is their number one worry. Second is the economy, most important to 19%, and Obamacare (17%).

(Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 16-17, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Russia has consistently been a much bigger issue for Democrats than for other voters, with some Democratic leaders even calling for Trump’s impeachment. Searching for a reason for Hillary Clinton’s defeat, most Democrats blamed Russia following the election

Most voters (52%) who Strongly Disapprove of the job Trump is doing as president consider Russia the biggest problem facing the nation. Just one percent (1%) of those who Strongly Approve of Trump’s job performance agree. Among the latter voters, 24% see taxes and spending as the biggest concern.

Men are more concerned about economic issues than women are; women are more worried about national security.

Those 40 and over are more worried about the Trump administration’s alleged ties to Russia than younger voters are. The economy is the biggest worry for younger voters.

Blacks are far more concerned about the Russia issue than whites and other minority voters.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of all voters continue to favor a smaller government with fewer services and lower taxes over a larger, more active one with more services and higher taxes.

Voter support for thoughtful spending cuts in every area of the federal government is up to 56%. But Republicans balk if the military is included, while Democrats are more protective of entitlements.

The latest Consumer Spending Update shows confidence in the economy and personal finances is at or near record highs.

In June, as the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in 10 years, optimism among voters that the U.S. economy is fair soared to new highs

Confidence that the United States has the edge in the war on terror remains higher than it has been in several years.

Just 13% of voters want to leave the health care law as is. Fifty-four percent (54%) feel that Congress and the president should go through Obamacare piece by piece to improve it. Thirty-one percent (31%) think they should repeal the entire law and start over again.

Additional information from this survey and a full demographic breakdown are available to Platinum Members only.

Please sign up for the Rasmussen Reports daily e-mail update (it's free) or follow us on Twitter or Facebook. Let us keep you up to date with the latest public opinion news.

Rasmussen Reports is a media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information.

We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest. To ensure editorial control and independence, we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions, sponsorships, and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day. If it's in the news, it's in our polls. Additionally, the data drives a daily update newsletter and various media outlets across the country.

Some information, including the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and commentaries are available for free to the general public. Subscriptions are available for $4.95 a month or 34.95 a year that provide subscribers with exclusive access to more than 20 stories per week on upcoming elections, consumer confidence, and issues that affect us all. For those who are really into the numbers, Platinum Members can review demographic crosstabs and a full history of our data.

To learn more about our methodology, click here.