JULY 18, 2018
by Frank Newport
- 22% in July say immigration is the nation’s most important problem
- Previous high was 19% naming immigration in April 2006
- Over a third of Republicans say immigration is top problem
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Immigration has risen to the top of the list when Americans are asked to name the most important problem facing the nation — edging out the government, which has been the top issue each month since January 2017. The 22% of Americans in July who say immigration is the top problem is up from 14% in June and is the highest percentage naming that issue in Gallup’s history of asking the “most important problem” question. The previous high had been 19%.
Cue Respectable Pundits scoffing that it’s totally irresponsible for voters to be concerned about immigration instead of much more long term issues such as Trump needing a drink of water during an appearance. From the New York Times:
As everybody knows, the immigration problem was solved once and for all last month, or a couple of years ago, or in 2008, or sometime. Besides, it’s racist to call it the Immigration “Problem” instead of the Immigration Opportunity. And, there’s something problematic about the word “immigrant,” when a more neutral, objective term for these people who chose to come to our benighted land of racism to make our lives more vibrant and magical ought to be “Our Lords and Saviors.”