Poll: GOP has edge on top election issue, the economy

Republicans clearly have an advantage on three economic issues, all of which voters place above-average importance on — the “economy,” the federal budget deficit, and taxes. The economy is the single most important issue tested, with 89% of voters rating it as extremely or very important. Forty-eight percent of voters say the Republicans can do the best job on the economy, while 43% say this about the Democrats. (Complete ratings for each issue are on page 2.)

The other two issues to which voters attach slightly above-average importance are the Affordable Care Act and income and wealth inequality. Democrats have an eight- and 10-percentage-point advantage on these, respectively.