Poll: 50% of Voters Say Election Results Won’t Affect Economy – Real Time Economics

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Voters are more concerned about the economy than any other issue in the midterm elections, but few believe that which party controls Congress will make much of a difference to boosting economic conditions, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Annenberg Survey finds.

In the survey of registered voters, 45% of respondents said jobs and the economy were the issue most important in determining their vote in the fall, more than any other issue. The next most-cited issues were health care, named by 20% of respondents, and education, at 15%

Some 7% said foreign policy and national security were most important, while 6% said that the federal deficit was a top concern.

For all the heat surrounding the debate in Congress over immigration policy, only 4% said that was the most important issue in determining their vote.

When it comes to improving economic conditions, a quarter said conditions would improve if Republicans controlled Congress, while 23% said Democratic control would improve the economy. But half of those surveyed — a full 50% — said that which party controlled Congress wouldn’t make much of a difference.

When asked how interested they were in the midterm elections, 41% ranked their interest level as 9 or 10 on a 10-point scale. Some 29% ranked themselves as 6 through 8.

The survey is the first in a series of polls done by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News in collaboration with the Annenberg Public Policy Center, a research center at the University of Pennsylvania.

The survey of 1,031 registered voters was conducted June 2-8.

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13 June 2014 | 7:44 pm – Source: blogs.wsj.com

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