Heritage Action for America commissioned a series of polls of voters in the key districts that contributed to the election of President Trump to find out what their views were on Republican politics, finding that the majority does not want socialism or leftist politics.
As Tim Chapman, executive director of Heritage Action, a proactive conservative political advocacy organization, explained in a Politico magazine article, polls aimed at strengthening the image of Republican politics in the run-up to the 2020 elections sought to explore opinion in areas such as immigration, culture, the labor force, and economic equity.
“Our goal was simple: To find out what issues currently motivate the coalition that elected Donald Trump and Republican congressional majorities in 2016, so that we can keep that coalition together and expand it while advancing the conservative ideals we hold dear,” Chapman wrote.
However, the article points out that it also sought to characterize the public opinion of voters who are not necessarily conservative in order to determine the best decisions to make, so that the voting landscape that is seen for the coming year may even attract the votes of independent, moderate Democrats, suburban, and working-class voters.
While polls attested that the current U.S. policy led by President Trump is heading in the right direction, it also indicated that some adjustments are needed for the Republican Party, such as taking into consideration conservative-driven issues that may be akin to undecided voters.
On the one hand it was found that about a third of Democrats focus directly on President Trump, unlike independents, who only showed an 11% interest in the same issue, while for Republicans it represents only 2%. On the other hand, about 36% of Republicans consider immigration as the main issue, while the same issue registered 12% for independents and 5% for Democrats.
According to The Daily Signal, surveys funded by Heritage Action, a subsidiary of Heritage Foundation, identified immigration as the biggest problem among demographic groups. However, the reasons voters gave immigration importance were not what was expected.
Eighty-three percent of Republican respondents mentioned that while immigration affected their lives, working-class and suburban voters said that as a result of immigration there is an excessive use of social services, over and above other possible consequences such as violence, job loss, or cultural change.
The survey also found that 70% of respondents rejected single-payer health insurance. On the other hand, 65% reject socialism and 63% see the problem of immigration on the southern border as a “national emergency.”
Faced with the case of “Medicare for All,” Chapman wrote, “Republicans should argue that it would create a one-size-fits-all government-run program for normal folks, while the rich will find other ways to get better care.”
Faced with social order issues, 76% of respondents said they support doctors who provide medical care to babies who survive abortion procedures.
The survey was conducted in three parts, according to Heritage Action, the first was conducted by OnMessage Inc. from March 16 to 19 with nearly 1,500 voters in 15 key congressional districts.
The second was conducted by Basswood Research between June 3 and 6, with 1,200 voters nationwide. And the third was conducted again by OnMessage Inc. from June 22 to 26, with 1,800 potential voters.