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Nearly Half of Americans Say One Issue Tops All Others for the 2018 Agenda

Americans are sending a clear signal to the White House and Congress that they want action on one public policy issue above all others.

By NTK Staff | 12.21.2017 @11:00am
Nearly Half of Americans Say One Issue Tops All Others for the 2018 Agenda

Nearly half of all Americans list health care as a top issue for the public agenda in 2018, according to a new poll conducted by The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Chicago.

Asked to name up to five issues on top of their agenda, 48 percent of Americans cited health care, 17 points more than the next-most popular item (taxes, 31 percent), and a five-point boost in the number of Americans saying health care was a top concern in 2016 (43 percent).

As mentioned, taxes were next on the list, followed by:

  • Immigration (27 percent)
  • Environment/climate change (18 percent)
  • Education (17 pecent)

The number of Americans concerned about taxes may go down some, with the recent GOP passage of a tax cut bill.

On health care and immigration, though, there’s a lot of work to be done in 2018.

The GOP tax bill repeals the individual mandate in Obamacare, which will prevent millions of Americans from paying a fine for not having health insurance, but may also lead to premium increases for people on the exchanges. Two bipartisan Obamacare stablization bills, supported by the Trump administration, may reach the president’s desk in January.

On immigration, the most pressing concern will be the status of millions of young, undocumented immigrants whose Obama-era ‘DACA’ protections are going away in March. Republicans and Democrats have committed to a legislative fix for so-called DREAMers. Beyond DACA, there’s what to do with both border security – Trump wants a ‘big, beautiful’ wall on the U.S.-Mexico border – and the status of millions of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

No matter how you slice it, 2018 is going to be a busy year in D.C.

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