Fully three-quarters of Americans (75%) rate strengthening the economy as a major priority, up from 68% a year ago, with much of the increased emphasis on the economy coming from upper socioeconomic groups — college graduates and people with relatively high annual household incomes, as well from Republicans and independents. As a consequence, the once substantial educational and income differences over the importance of the economy as a policy priority have disappeared. Still, economic ratings today are well above where they were at this point in the 1992 election cycle when just 12% rated the economy as either excellent or good. Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.