ANXIETY NOSTALGIA AND MISTRUST

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The priorities of Democrats and Republicans are dramatically different. The issues most often

identified by Democrats as critical include: health care (71%), jobs and unemployment (66%),

cost of education (62%), and the growing gap between rich and poor (62%). For Republicans,

the issue of terrorism is most often cited as a critical issue. Nearly eight in ten (79%) Republicans

say that terrorism is a critical issue, while roughly six in ten Republicans believe that health

care (61%), immigration (59%), and jobs and unemployment (59%) are critical issues.

The largest differences between the

priorities of Democrats and Republicans

are on the issues of economic

inequality (62% vs. 29%, respectively),

the cost of education (62% vs.

33%, respectively), climate change

(46% vs. 17%, respectively), and

terrorism (53% vs. 79%, respectively).

Notably, there is only a modest

difference between Democrats and

Republicans on the importance of

abortion (36% vs. 43%, respectively),

and there are no significant

differences between Democrats and

Republicans on the importance of

same-sex marriage (28% vs. 29%,

respectively).

On most issues, the views of Tea

Party members closely align with Republicans

overall. However, the two

groups express somewhat different

priorities on the issue of immigration;

while nearly six in ten (59%)

Republicans say that immigration is

a critical issue to them personally,

roughly seven in ten (69%) Tea Party

members say the same.

The political priorities of Americans

also vary starkly by race and ethnicity.

White (33%) and Hispanic

Americans (43%) are far less likely

FIGURE 3. How important are the following issues

to you personally?

Percent saying critical issue

By party affiliation

Health care

Terrorism

Jobs and

unemployment

Crime

Cost of education

Growing gap between

rich and poor

Immigration

Race relations

Climate change

Abortion

Religious liberty

Same-sex marriage

17

Republican

29

53

53

61% 71%

59

57

33 62

43

31 48

36

43

46

25 46

28

29

Source: PRRI 2015 American Values Survey.

Democrat

59

62

66

79

0 90

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