Top Ten Conservative Issues for 2008


Are the ten (so far) Republican presidential aspirants talking about what America really cares about? We thought that some of them seem to “get it” and some don’t. Until the primaries, none of us get a vote, but we thought you should have a voice. A couple of weeks ago, we posted a survey in which we asked “What are the Top 10 conservative issues for 2008?”

H.E. presented 28 issues in random order to evaluate how we can serve our readers better. Here is what 3,602 H.E. readers told us:

Surprisingly the war against terrorism came in second to illegal immigration, which proved to be the top issue for conservatives. Illegal immigration was rated Number One by 86% of the respondents. When you consider that illegal immigration is an issue in which future legislation can inflict consequences in the American economy, social welfare, healthcare, education, and the war against terrorism, it becomes clear as to why it is most important to conservatives.

Unexpectedly illegal immigration was a topic that was ignored by candidates during the first Republican Presidential debate. Will they do better tomorrow night? You say they must, and we’ll be tracking closely to see how many do. We intend to ensure that your thoughts and input will be influential. We hope that your response to our survey will inform candidates of the issues that matter most to their voters

On our end — we hear you loud and clear, fellow conservatives. We’ll be polling you again from time to time to be sure we’re on the right track throughout this important election.

The final results of the survey ranked the Top Ten Conservative Issues as follows:

1. Illegal immigration — 86%
2. War on terrorism — 80%
3. Federal spending – 65%
4. Supreme Court and other judicial appointments — 64%
5. Flat tax/tax cuts — 61%
6. Size of government — 61%
7. Iraq — 55%
8. Social Security — 45%
9. Entitlement programs — 38%
10. Abortion — 36%