Party priorities

Survey rates political party priorities

A United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll—completed just days before the federal government shut down on Sept. 30—asked respondents (Republicans, Democrats and Independents) to rate what they believe are the highest priorities of the Democratic and Republican parties. Here are the results as a percentage of total number of people polled:

Democratic Party highest priority Republican Party highest priority
Reducing health costs 24% Reducing health costs 13%
Causing political problems for Republicans in Congress 19% Causing political problems for President Obama in Congress 32%
Creating more jobs 14% Creating more jobs 14%
Reducing gun violence 12% Reducing gun violence 4%
Reducing government debt 10% Reducing government debt 20%
Fixing the immigration system 6% Fixing the immigration system 6%