Despite dominating Washington’s attention, voters say the issues of gun control and immigration reform should take a back seat to efforts to bolster the economy and create jobs, according to a new poll.
A newly released Gallup poll finds 86 percent of voters saying Congress should make its top focus job creation, with 86 percent saying Congress should prioritize work on improving the economy.
Those two issues are the top concerns for voters, with gun violence and an overhaul of the nation’s immigration reform laws at the bottom of the list of 12 priorities.
Only 55 percent of those surveyed said reducing gun violence should be a top priority, and a similar 50 percent said that Congress should focus on immigration reform.
Broken down by party affiliation, the poll found that slightly more Democrats prioritize job creation than Republicans. Ninety percent of Democrats said creating more jobs should be Congress’s top priority. Meanwhile, 84 percent of Republicans said creating more jobs should be the top priority.
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Source: Daniel Strauss | The Hill | May 8, 2013