As President Trump settles into the White House, what should his priorities be? We asked that in a poll and the answers were somewhat surprising.
For the past two months, the IBD/TIPP Poll asked respondents to name the top priorities that the incoming Trump administration and the new Congress should focus on, choosing from a list of eight, ranging from spending money on roads to canceling the Iran nuclear deal.
The poll found that the public's top priorities are, in order, "funding for improving infrastructure such as roads and bridges" (22% listed that as their top-most priority), "Defeat ISIS" (18%), and "Repeal and replace ObamaCare" (which 16% named their top priority).
We then asked those surveyed to name the second and third most important priorities. When all these lists were combined, the result was a bit surprising.
At the top of the combined list was … defeating ISIS, which 52% named as one of their top three priorities.
That's despite the fact that the war on terror barely came up in the presidential campaign. This shows, however, that there is widespread concern about the threat of terrorism as a result of the raft of ISIS-inspired attacks here and in Europe. About the same share of Democrats and Republicans (55% and 56%, respectively), put defeating ISIS on their top three lists.
Second on the list was spending on infrastructure, at 50%. This isn't much of a surprise, given that Democrats support increased federal spending on just about everything. In this case, 70% of Democrats put infrastructure spending in their top three list, compared with just 26% of Republicans.
"Drain the swamp or enact measures to reduce government corruption" came in third at 49% Trump made this a signature promise of his campaign, so it's somewhat surprising that more Democrats than Republicans put this on their list (53% vs 48%).
Coming in fourth was "Lower taxes and simplify the tax code," which 48% listed as a top three priority.
Only a little more than a third, however, put repealing ObamaCare on their lists. But more interesting that this was the fact that even fewer (just 19%) put "building a wall and deportation of illegals who committed crimes" on their lists. Only a third of Republicans named this as a priority.
Coming in dead last was withdrawing from the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, suggesting that trade isn't a burning issue with the public either.
For the record, our top three priorities are, in order: Cut taxes and simplify the code, repeal ObamaCare and drain the swamp.
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