The midterm elections are just one week away, and new polling shows violent crime is a major factor for voters.
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Pew Research released the polling, which found a majority of surveyed voters say violent crime is “very important” to their vote.
“Around six-in-ten registered voters (61%) say violent crime is very important when making their decision about who to vote for in this year’s congressional elections,” the group said. “Violent crime ranks alongside energy policy and health care in perceived importance as a midterm issue, but far below the economy, according to the Center’s October survey.”
That varies by political party.
“Republican voters are much more likely than Democratic voters to see violent crime as a key voting issue this year,” Pew said. “Roughly three-quarters of Republican and GOP-leaning registered voters (73%) say violent crime is very important to their vote, compared with around half of Democratic or Democratic-leaning registered voters (49%). Conservative Republican voters are especially focused on the issue: About eight-in-ten (77%) see violent crime as very important to their vote, compared with 63% of moderate or liberal Republican voters, 65% of moderate or conservative Democratic voters and only about a third of liberal Democratic voters (34%).”
Age is a factor as well.
“Older voters are far more likely than younger ones to see violent crime as a key election issue,” the group said. “Three-quarters of registered voters ages 65 and older say violent crime is a very important voting issue for them this year, compared with fewer than half of voters under 30 (44%).”