As the next presidential election looms on the horizon, the differences between America’s two political parties will become even more unmistakable.
Not only do the two political parties see issues which concern the American public differently, but how the parties prioritize the issues differs vastly as well.
According to a recent WSJ/NBC News Poll, Republicans highly prioritize national security and terrorism
“The problem of the deficit and government spending ranks second as a priority among Republican voters, and job creation and economic growth a close third,” writes Gerald F. Seib for the Wall Street Journal.
“But among Democrats, that third item—job creation and economic growth—is at the top of the priority list. It’s cited as either the first or second priority by 61% of Democratic primary voters, and even more frequently by some prominent Democratic subgroups,” observes Seib. “Sixty-four percent of African-American primary voters cite job creation and economic growth as either their first or second priority, as do 58% of Hispanics.”
The top priority for the Republicans- national security and terrorism, is not even number two on the Democratic list. It slips down to number four. Their second most important issue is actually health care, but for Republicans, it’s number six. Another interesting polarization- climate change is number three on the Democrat’s list, but barely even makes it on to the Republicans’ radar. Only 1% name it as their top priority. It is also interesting to note where religious and moral values rate. It looks like less than 3% of Democrats name it as their top priority.
It is clear Republicans will have to be well versed in their party’s number one priority- national security and terrorism, and Democrats will need to be well versed in their’s- job creation and economic growth for the primaries. But beyond the primaries, candidates will need to figure out how to draw voters from both sides of the aisle, which looks like it will be a difficult task.
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