May 18-22, 2016 poll, 1530 adults nationwide, cell phones and landlines, 60-40, 3% error margin
June 2, 2016, "Trump Leads Clinton on Top-Ranking Economic Issues," Gallup, Lydia Saad
"If the race for president comes down to Donald Trump and Hillary
Clinton, Trump could benefit from an edge in public confidence on the
issues Americans are prioritizing most this election. A slight majority
of Americans choose Trump as better able to handle the economy (53%) and
jobs (52%), and 50% choose him -- versus 46% who choose Clinton -- on
terrorism and national security....
These findings come from a May 18-22 Gallup poll in which U.S. adults
were first asked to rate how important each of 17 prominent national
issues will be to their vote for president this year, and then to say
whether Clinton or Trump would best handle each issue. As Gallup reported previously,
most of the issues Americans rate as highly important are economic and
national defense-related. By contrast, most of the bottom eight involve
social policy, trade and the environment. (See the full list in the
table at the end of the story.)
Overall, Trump leads Clinton in public perceptions of who would
better handle eight of the 17 issues. Beyond his modest leads on
economy (+10) and
jobs (+7), and slight edge on
on several lower-ranked concerns:
the federal budget deficit (+18),
size and efficiency of the federal government (+14),
banks and Wall Street (+11),
taxes (+8) and
gun policy (+5)....
Trade, a relatively low-ranked election issue, is the one area where
the candidates are tied....
Trump Leads on Higher-Profile Issues, but by Slimmer Margins
On average, 75% of Americans rate the eight issues Trump leads on as
extremely or very important to their vote, slightly higher than the 67%
who rate the eight issues Clinton leads on this highly....
More Americans prefer Trump than Clinton to handle the issues of
utmost importance to voters this fall -- the economy in general as well
as employment and jobs, specifically. More broadly, Trump's center of
gravity on the issues is a little higher on the priority scale than
Clinton's. On the other hand, the candidates are tied in the sheer
number of issues on which each is preferred....
Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews
conducted May 18-22, 2016, with a random sample of 1,530 adults, aged 18
and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of
sampling error is ±3 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. All
reported margins of sampling error include computed design effects for
Each sample of national adults includes a minimum quota of 60%
cellphone respondents and 40% landline respondents, with additional
minimum quotas by time zone within region. Landline and cellular
telephone numbers are selected using random-digit-dial methods."
View complete question responses and trends.