For all the talk about the "values voter," Pew Research has some interesting data from their latest poll:
With voters continuing to focus on economic issues, Barack Obama holds a slim 49% to 45% advantage over Mitt Romney in the latest Pew Research Center survey of nearly 2,400 registered voters nationwide. Obama’s lead has narrowed since last month, when he had a 12-point advantage, though it is comparable to margins from earlier this year.
More than eight-in-ten voters say the economy (86%) and jobs (84%) are very important issues in deciding who to vote for this fall. Roughly three-quarters also cite the federal budget deficit (74%), health care (74%) and education (72%) as top voting priorities. Near the bottom of the list are some of the hot-button social issues. Just 28% say that gay marriage is a very important issue, and 34% rate birth control as a top issue.
Not really surprising, with 8+% unemployment. But the list is still worth looking at:
As Ricochet's resident squish, I have to say that this ranking is pretty close to my own. I'd move taxes up, along with immigration and Iran. I'd move Medicare down (unless dismantling it counts as "high ranking concern") and I'd drop gun control to way down the list. You can't really measure my lack of interest -- or agitation, in either direction -- for birth control or gay marriage, unless you've got a very powerful microscope.
If these rankings hold, though, how is that bad for Romney?