Both parties rank it as one of their top concerns.
On a National Journal poll of political insiders, deficit reduction ranked among the top priorities for Democrats, tying with tax reform in popularity. Republicans rated it as even more pressing.
What two issues should be the top priorities for your party this year?
DEMOCRATS (107 VOTES)
Deficit reduction: 21%
Tax reform: 21%
“Deficits imperil the economy and could destroy the safety net; and Washington could actually fix the problem.”
“Our constituencies want action on climate change. Now is the time.”
“Now that Obama has made guns a signature issue, he has to be able to claim victory on his priorities.”
“This will be the best year to do comprehensive immigration reform for years to come.”
“Democrats must lock in the image with the fast-growing Hispanic communities, as we have done for decades with African-Americans, that they can be at ‘home’ with our party.”
“Gotta get immigration done, at least to thank the Latinos who gave Obama his margin.”
“Jobs solve so many problems! Everyone wants a balanced budget, but they would prefer to be employed!”
“If the unemployment rate continues to hover around 8 percent, the midterm elections will be difficult for Democrats. Jobs, jobs, jobs.”
“Create jobs and have everyone pay a fair share, and most of the other problems—except guns, which will never be solved—will go away.”