Poll: How Americans break down on race, immigration and more 2016 issues

Conversations about race, immigration, abortion, health care and the Supreme Court have been center stage during the 2016 presidential election. But how do Americans really feel? A Pew Research survey released this week looked at some of these major issues:


Race has been one of the biggest issues in the 2016 campaign, but Americans are divided on whether it’s being talked about too much or too little.

The survey found that 39% of registered voters feel too much attention is being paid to racial issues while 41% believe it is too little. Just under one-fifth (18%) believe the right amount of discussion is taking place.

But the conversation breaks down further by which candidates voters support. Sixty-five percent of Trump supporters believe too much attention is being paid to the topic. 18% say there is not enough discussion. Meanwhile, 59% of Hillary Clinton supporters don’t think there is enough discussion and 18% believe there is too much.


The majority of voters supporting both major-party candidates believe there should be a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants — including nearly all Clinton supporters (95%) and 60% percent of Trump voters.


The majority of Americans — 60% of men and 62% of women — believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases.

But the views break down by which candidate they’re supporting. Abortion is another issue where Clinton supporters are almost entirely united: 82% believe it should be legal in all or most cases, and just 16% believe it should be illegal in all or more cases. Meanwhile, the majority of Trump voters (60%) believe it should be illegal, while 36% think it should be legal.

Affordable Care Act

More Americans disapprove of the health care law than approve, 53%-45%.

But the breakdown of Clinton voters who approve and disapprove of the ACA is similar to abortion: 82% approve and 15% disapprove. And 7 out of 10 Clinton backers believe Congress should expand the law.

By Eliza Collins for USA TODAY
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