Poll: 2020 Voters Concerned About Immigration, Economy

Majority of Republican voters believe undocumented migrants overuse social services

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July 29, 2019

A new poll conducted by Heritage Action found that voters in battleground congressional districts care most about candidates' positions on immigration, health care, and abortion as they consider whom they will vote for in 2020.

The poll, conducted in three waves over a period of three months, found that voters are generally happy with the economy's current state, but are concerned about its future. Of the people queried, 83 percent of respondents worried about automation, agreeing that "There are a significant number of jobs and careers that will not exist in America in 10 years due to automation and outsourcing."

At the same time, 47 percent of Republicans, when asked about the national election, said they believe that the overuse or misuse of social services is the greatest threat undocumented migrants pose to America. The poll also found that 70 percent of Republican voters believe that overuse of social services is one of the challenges that migrants pose.

The poll found that voters in five swing states oppose single-payer health care plans, which several Democratic candidates, including Send. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) have supported. Sixty-five percent of respondents oppose single-payer, while only 27 percent support it.

Additionally, 57 percent of general election voters said they believe leaders in the Democratic Party are "becoming increasingly extremist." 76 percent of all respondents believe that survivors of botched abortions should be protected by law. Senate Democrats killed a bill earlier this year which would have guaranteed such protections.

Writing in Politico Magazine on Monday, Heritage Action executive director Tim Chapman wrote that this latest survey indicates that Republican campaigners need to focus on building a coalition of voters that draws from Independents and Democrats in the 2020 election.

"What the GOP can be, it must be: The party of pro-America legal immigration, of American culture and unity, of the American worker and a fair, robust economy," he wrote. "This is what the 2016 coalition wanted, and still wants. This is what the crucial middle wants. This is what conservatism is based on. And this is what the Republican Party needs to rally around to ensure the continued viability of its principles and its own existence as a viable political entity."