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Nationís priorities in flux

A nationwide business coalition released poll results last week measuring voters’ opinions about the need to revamp immigration legislation. But one question indicated just how much states differ on other pressing issues.

Harper Polling gave survey respondents a list of eight issues and asked which was the most important in deciding how they will vote in this year’s congressional elections.

The economy was the top concern among voters in the 26 states surveyed, plus a national poll. It received between 26 percent and 34 percent – Indiana was at 29 percent – of the replies. Otherwise, there was a lot of variance.

Jobs was the priority for 21 percent of voters in Kentucky, 14 percent nationally and 12 percent in Indiana, but only 6 percent in Utah.

Moral issues – gay marriage and abortion were used as examples – were the most important focus to 18 percent of respondents in Arkansas but to only 6 percent in Georgia and just 1 percent in the nationwide poll. It was most important to 13 percent of Hoosiers.

Taxes ranked low in significance across the board, including 2 percent nationally and 3 percent in Indiana. Five percent of Minnesota voters rated taxes as the most important issue.

Harper Polling, a Republican pollster, surveyed 1,000 likely voters in its national poll and 500 to 855 in each of its state polls.