According to the voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, immigration is not the biggest issue for Republicans. MarketWatch staffer Jeffry Bartash takes a look at the results of a recent survey that shows only 15% of voters in those states chose immigration as their top issue.
More surprising, a slight majority of New Hampshire and South Carolina voters believe that immigrants should have a chance to win legal status. While the voters cited jobs and economy, government spending, and terrorism as their top issues, immigration is still important:
To be sure, immigration is still a key issue in the Republican race. Nearly half of those early-state voters who pegged immigration as their top issue voted for real-estate magnate Donald Trump. He was also the clear favorite of those who favor mass deportation.