Top Voter Concern Revealed

( – In a significant shift in voter concerns, immigration has risen to become the top issue, surpassing inflation, according to a recent Harvard CAPS-Harris poll.

The poll found that approximately 35% of voters now identify immigration as their primary concern, with about 32% still viewing inflation as the most pressing issue.

This poll also sheds light on other major concerns among voters. “Economy and jobs” is cited as the top issue for 25% of the electorate, followed by “crime and drugs” and healthcare, each noted by 16% of respondents.

The national deficit and national security are tied at 14%, while corruption and environmental issues are each the primary concern for 13% of the population.

Despite immigration’s rise to the top of voter concerns, inflation continues to be the issue that most directly affects individuals.

Around 38% report being personally impacted by inflation, compared to 17% for immigration, marking a slight increase from the previous month’s figures.

Inflation rates, though high at 3.4% in December, have decreased from a peak of 9.1% in June 2022. However, the cost of essentials, including groceries, remains significantly elevated compared to pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

The poll also reveals a general sentiment of economic unease, with 60% of people considering the economy weak and nearly half believing their financial situation is deteriorating.

Issues like abortion and racial equity, while controversial, were reported as directly affecting only 7% of those polled.

The Biden administration and Democrats face ongoing challenges due to the crisis at the southern border. In December alone, more than 225,000 migrants were apprehended, the highest number since 2000, according to Homeland Security.

Texas has responded by sending over 90,000 migrants to cities governed by Democrats, such as New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles, further straining their resources.

Amid these challenges, Joe Biden’s approval rating stands at a low 42%, and his handling of critical issues like immigration and inflation is viewed unfavorably by the majority, with only 36% approving of his approach to inflation and 35% on immigration.

As the presidential race gains momentum, these findings are particularly significant.

Former President Donald Trump is showing a strong lead in the New Hampshire Republican primary, pointing towards a possible rematch with Biden in the upcoming general election.