As Congress prepares to return from summer recess this week, my organization, Citizens United, conducted a poll of a cross-section of our national membership asking what issue lawmakers on Capitol Hill should focus on next. We followed that query up with a question regarding congressional term limits. The results of the poll should be both a roadmap and a warning sign for House and Senate leadership as they plot their upcoming strategies for the fall.
First we asked: “Choosing from the list of ten issues, what is the one issue you would like Congress to address next?” Of the wide-ranging issues provided, a commanding 31 percent of the 4,100 individuals polled voted for border security as the issue Congress should tackle first upon their return to Washington. Defunding Planned Parenthood and repealing and replacing Obamacare were next on our grassroots conservatives’ priority list, at 16 percent and 15 percent respectively. Passing a Balanced Budget Amendment garnered 12 percent of the vote, with eight percent saying Congress should vote to declare war on ISIS. Rounding out the poll was tax code reform at five percent, entitlement reform at two percent, opening up domestic energy production at two percent, tax relief at one percent, and education reform at less than one percent. Eight percent of those polled chose “other.”
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