published : 2023-11-26

Republicans' Strengths in Handling Top Voter Concerns Revealed in Recent Poll

Economy, Security, and Border Control Rank High Among Voters' Worries

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In a recently released Fox News Poll, it has been found that Republicans are viewed as more capable of managing key voter concerns compared to Democrats.

With less than a year remaining until the 2024 elections, Republicans are perceived as better equipped to handle pressing issues such as inflation, crime, national security, and terrorism. On the other hand, Democrats are favored on lower-ranked problems such as climate change, abortion, and transgender issues.

The survey reveals three tiers of concern among voters. The top tier is dominated by economic worries, with 89% expressing extreme or significant concern about inflation and higher prices. Voters in this tier also prioritize personal freedoms and rights, rising crime rates, and political divisions.

The second tier, which registers around 70% concern, includes the Israel-Hamas conflict, attacks by Islamic terrorists within the U.S., gun laws, and abortion policy.

All other concerns fall under the third tier, with levels of worry below 70%. These include border security, the political showdown over the debt ceiling, Russia's invasion of Ukraine, antisemitism, climate change, and transgender issues.

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When it comes to handling these concerns, voters perceive Republicans as stronger in several areas. Republicans hold a significant advantage on border security, national security, terrorism, inflation, foreign policy, and crime. This perception has remained consistent over time. Additionally, Republicans have a slight edge on government spending.

On the other hand, Democrats maintain their strength on issues such as abortion and climate change. They also have an advantage in handling transgender issues and antisemitism.

However, there is a middle ground where voters are more divided. The ability to bring the country together, gun policy, and protecting personal freedoms are areas where opinion leans towards Republicans, albeit more narrowly.

An intriguing finding is that a substantial number of Democrats believe Republicans are better suited to handle specific issues. Around one in five Democrats prefer Republicans on border security, crime, terrorism, and inflation. Similarly, there are sizable numbers of Republicans who feel Democrats are more capable on transgender issues, climate change, and abortion.

According to Daron Shaw, a Republican pollster involved with the Fox News survey, Democrats face significant disadvantages in two critical areas: inflation and crime. The fact that they are on an even footing with Republicans on the other two important issues—protecting rights and freedoms and uniting the country—may offer them some hope.

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One issue that has seen a significant shift in concern over the past year is terrorist attacks in the U.S. The worry has increased by 23 points since May, driven mainly by Democrats. Currently, 66% of Democrats express extreme or significant concern about such attacks, compared to 37% in May.

While Republicans and Democrats share certain concerns, such as inflation, threats to personal freedoms, and political divisions, there are variations in the order and level of importance placed on these issues.

For Democrats, top concerns include gun laws, political divisions, inflation, abortion policy, climate change, and threats to personal rights.

Republicans prioritize inflation, crime, threats to personal rights, border security, attacks by Islamic terrorists, and political divisions.

The recent Fox News Poll, conducted between November 10-13, 2023, involved interviews with 1,001 randomly selected registered voters nationwide. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points for all registered voters.