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Ahead of the Nov. 8 congressional midterm election, Gallup has identified some key issues on which voters are concerned.

In a new Gallup poll, 1,009 American adults from all 50 states and the District of Columbia were asked to rate the importance of seven issues that could influence their choice this year.

For all of these issues, more than a quarter of survey respondents said they were “extremely important” — but some issues are clearly more important than others.

Here’s a look at what registered voters think is extremely important for this year’s congressional midterm elections.

7. Climate change

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Registered voters who said the issue will be “extremely important” for their congressional vote this year: 26%

In late September, Hurricane Ian killed more than 100 people in Florida, North Carolina and Virginia and caused $67 billion in damage. It’s likely to stick in the minds of some voters, especially Democratic voters.

Gallup found that climate change ranks second among Democrats, with 49% of them saying the issue is extremely important to their 2022 congressional vote. However, among Independents and Republicans, climate change ranks last of the seven issues in this article.

6. Relations with Russia

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Registered voters who said the issue will be “extremely important” for their congressional vote this year: 31%

Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine over the past eight months has caused massive deaths and displacement for the people of Ukraine and significant economic damage to much of the world. The Federal Reserve estimated earlier this year that the conflict would reduce global gross domestic product (GDP) by 1.5% and increase global inflation by 1.3 percentage points.

It’s obvious to voters that inflation has risen by more than that this year, with a recent estimate showing that American households are now losing $445 a month to inflation.

5. Immigration

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Registered voters who said the issue will be “extremely important” for their congressional vote this year: 37%

When Gallup asked earlier this year if immigration was the most important issue facing the US, only 5% of respondents agreed. Now 63% of registered voters in the more recent poll say it is “extremely” or “very” important.

4. Gun Policy

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Registered voters who said the issue will be “extremely important” for their congressional vote this year: 38%

The Robb Elementary School shooting that killed 19 children in Uvalde, Texas, this May was the second deadliest elementary school shooting in America and the deadliest mass shooting of the year. Perhaps it’s no wonder that two-thirds of voters think gun policy is very or extremely important when it comes to how they want to vote.

According to Gallup, the issue is slightly more important to Republican voters than other party affiliations. His poll found that gun policy ranked #3 among Republicans while it ranked #4 among both Democrats and independents.

3. Crime

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Registered voters who said the issue will be “extremely important” for their congressional vote this year: 40%

New data from the Pew Research Center aligns with Gallup’s finding that crime matters deeply to voters. It also cites one possible reason: “Both the FBI and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported an approximately 30% increase in the US homicide rate between 2019 and 2020,” says Pew.

2. Abortion

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Registered voters who said the issue will be “extremely important” for their congressional vote this year: 42%

A Supreme Court decision this summer overturned the constitutional right to abortion that had existed for nearly five decades, putting the matter in the hands of state governments.

Many Americans have strong opinions about it. In fact, Gallup found the issue of abortion to be a top concern for Democrats, ranking it #2 among independents. Among Republicans, it ranked #5 of the seven issues.

1. Economy

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Registered voters who said the issue will be “extremely important” for their congressional vote this year: 49%

The main theme Gallup asked about for this election is clear – albeit broad. Almost half of voters emphasize its extreme importance, namely the economy. Including those who marked it as “very important”, 85% of registered votes say it will likely affect their vote.

“The economy” means many things to people, covering everything from fears of inflation and recession to stock performance and employment, among other things.

Her voice

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It is important to know how to have your say in the way these and other issues are raised. If you want to know more about voting, including finding your polling location, visit USA.gov/election-office.

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