Inflation, crime and immigration are voters’ top concerns heading into next month’s midterm elections, finds to a new Harvard CAPS-Harris poll, the Hill reports. Seventy-four percent of voters surveyed named inflation as “very important,” while 22 percent said it is “somewhat important.” Sixty-eight percent said crime is a “very important” issue, while 26 percent said it is only “somewhat important.” And 59 percent of voters called immigration a “very important” issue while 31 percent said it is “somewhat important.” Abortion was ranked fourth, with 55 percent calling it a “very important issue” and 29 percent saying it is “somewhat important.”
“The big issues of everyday life are overpowering issues like choice and climate change as we approach the election,” said the poll's Mark Penn. “Undeniably this last inflation report hurt the administration and so are the daily crime stories in big cities.” The same poll found that more voters said inflation, crime and immigration are more likely to persuade them to vote Republican. Forty-eight percent said inflation is more likely to make them vote Republican, while 36 said it is more likely to make them vote Democratic. Forty-seven percent said crime is more likely to make them cast a vote for a Republican while 25 percent said it is more likely to make them vote for a Democrat. Forty-six percent said immigration is more likely to persuade them to vote Republican and 35 said it is more likely to make them vote Democratic.