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Poll: What Will Be the Most Important Issue for Your Party in the 2014 Elections?

What is likely to be the most important issue for your party in the 2014 midterm elections?


The state of the economy: 47%
Social issues such as abortion and gay marriage: 5%
Health care reform: 4%
Immigration reform: 2%
President Obama's job performance: 13%
Perceptions of the Republican Party: 29%



"If the economy is improving, we won't have a wave election, meaning we hold the Senate. The House is out of reach in any case."

"It's always the economy first, but perceptions of the tea party weigh heavily second for success."


"For a majority of the voters, it's always their own pocketbook."

"Like all elections, this one will be about the economy."

"Economy is the best choice, but the issue is control of the Senate, and that will turn on a half-dozen races, each of which may have its own dynamics."

Social issues


"By default, the social issues will continue to drive independent women and young voters away from the GOP."

Health care reform

"If it is the train wreck it looks like, it will mean Democrats are toast."

President Obama's job performance

"The president should do what he did in the presidential race, which was to make the election a choice between him and the GOP and not a referendum on his tenure in the White House."

Perceptions of the Republican Party

"Voters go with their gut in 2014, and there aren't many warm fuzzies for the Republican brand these days."

"The only ways Dems take back the House and hold the Senate is if the Republicans continue their rightward march and further alienate themselves from mainstream America."

"It's gotta be about the hideous brand of the GOP. That's our best hope."


What is likely to be the most important issue for your party in the 2014 midterm elections?


The state of the economy: 42%
Social issues such as abortion and gay marriage: 1%
Health care reform: 20%
Immigration reform: 2%
President Obama's job performance: 32%
Perceptions of the Republican Party: 3%


"Permanently sluggish economy + ACA debacle = typical off-year gains for out-party."

"Detroit is dead, and Obamacare's parade of horribles are alive, thanks to the president."

"Always No. 1 and not likely to improve enough to ward off the six-year itch."

Health care reform

"Obamacare will be a yoke on the neck of every Democrat, and the economy will be no better next year because of it."

"Implementation is going to cost a lot of average people a LOT of money."

"Obamacare unites and excites the conservative coalition like no issue since the fall of communism."

President Obama's job performance

"Obama's best chance for recovery is a bipartisan fiscal deal, but he's so wedded to more tax hikes that it's unlikely."

"Midterms invariably are about the president's performance. However, GOP cannot allow itself to be the foil of a bad debt-ceiling outcome."

"The more that people perceive him as inept on everything from foreign policy to the implementation of Obamacare, the more likely voters will opt for the Republican Party."

"Detroit is dead. Al-Qaida is alive."

Perceptions of the Republican Party

"We're going to need more-interesting and varied candidates. Middle-ground voters prefer People magazine over National Review."

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