Here's the real Trump effect: A new Kaiser tracking poll finds that voters view "corruption in Washington" as the "most important issue" in the upcoming midterm election, with 30 percent putting it at the top of their list. Health care came in second at 27 percent, and the economy/jobs took third at 25 percent.
When combining "most important" with "very important," health care is still the primary issue voters are concerned about at 81 percent, with corruption taking a close second at 77 percent.
Interestingly, this is the first time Kaiser included corruption in its list of possible issues. The poll was conducted in the days following Michael Cohen's guilty plea and the criminal conviction of former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort.
In terms of partisan breakdown:
- corruption topped the list for independents; health care was their second concern
- health care topped the list for Democrats; corruption came in second
- economy/jobs topped the list for Republicans; immigration was their No. 2 issue
Also, the GOP tax cuts ranked dead last for both independents and Democrats; and the investigation into Russian interference ranked dead last for Republicans (even as both Democrats and independents ranked the Russia probe within their top 4 issues). Check out the chart below.