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Immigration surges to top issue in Gallup poll

November 20, 2018

Immigration is now the top issue for Americans, according to the latest Gallup polling released Tuesday that says 21 percent of Americans identified migration and the country’s borders as the major problem facing the U.S.

It overtook dissatisfaction with government, which had been the top issue in October, and is about twice as popular a pick for top problem as health care or race relations.

Gallup said immigration soared as the migrant caravan headed north and as President Trump talked up the issue ahead of the elections.

“Immigration had already ranked among the top-named issues in the months leading up to the caravan’s formation, but the issue’s politicization in the weeks before the midterm elections appears to have elevated it further,” the pollsters said.

Republicans were particularly troubled, with 37 percent naming it the biggest problem. For independents, 18 percent identified immigration, as did just 10 percent of Democrats.

That appears to be a record high for GOP voters.

Combined, some 21 percent of Americans surveyed pinpointed immigration, while 18 percent now say bad government and poor leadership in Washington are the worst of the problems. Another 11 percent said it was health care, and 9 percent each said race relations or lack of unity in the U.S.

Overall, Gallup said, Americans are more satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S. than they were last year. The rating improved from an average of 27 percent in 2017 to 34 percent so far this year and 35 percent in the November survey in particular.

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