Mercyhurst Poll: Economy, Terrorism Most Important

WordcloudAs the primary process rolls on, with five more states set to cast their ballots Tuesday, voters (and candidates) are beginning to figure out what they want in a president.

Voters in the Keystone State are looking for someone who can improve the nation’s economy and give them a better chance at finding a good job, with 97% saying the economy and jobs are important to them in the 2016 election, according to the latest Mercyhurst poll.

For the first time since October 2011, a plurality of voters (40%) said they thought the economy was in a “good” state. While just 1% said the economy is excellent, 21% of voters in March said the economy was “poor” – down from 57% in October 2011.

19% of voters said there are plenty of jobs in their communities, while most (53%) said jobs are somewhat difficult to find. Another 26% said jobs are very difficult to find, the poll shows.

Almost three-fifths (59%) said they have “just enough money to get by,” while 18% said they are “falling behind financially.” The other fifth are faring well in today’s economy and reported they are “getting ahead financially.”

71% of voters said the threat of terrorism and ISIS and the way Washington operates are “very important” to them, with more than two-thirds also calling health care very important, the poll shows.

Most voters also see moral values, foreign affairs and income distribution as very important in the presidential election, though a quarter of voters said the environment and climate change are “not important” or “not very important” to them.

Mercyhurst University’s Center for Applied Politics surveyed 421 registered Pennsylvania voters from March 1st to 11th. The margin of error is 4.8%.

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  1. Terrorism has almost no impact on our lives. Who answering that poll has been directly affected by terrorism? We are more likely to die slipping in the bathtub, and far more likely from driving, heart disease, or lack of access to health care (among many, many examples).

    Terrorism is the tactic of creating terror, a feeling. It’s the tactic of people who can’t do anything else. Al Qaeda and ISIL will never conquer a square foot of American soil; they have no ability to threaten our million-person, $500 billion/year military. So all they have left to accomplish their goals is to try to scare us, to provoke us. Unfortunately many American leaders – playing up the fear and alarm for ratings, votes, a larger budget, or just reacting mindlessly – help them.

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