POLL: Economy Is Top Concern For Voters On Facebook

By Jennifer Moire Comment

The economy tops the list of concerns for voters on Facebook, according to a new study conducted by the social network and NBC News ahead of the pair’s Republican Presidential Debate on “Meet the Press” Sunday, January 8 at 9 a.m. Eastern Time.

The social networking site and the news network asked voters on Facebook about the most pressing issues facing the nation in the past month.

Facebook users could choose among the following five issues: The economy, the federal budget deficit, health care, illegal immigration and foreign policy.

The results were released today, within hours of the start of the Iowa caucus and one week before the nation’s first primary in New Hampshire.

Below is a sampling of the results from Facebook, based on regions.

New Hampshire

Economy: 58 percent
Federal Budget Deficit: 19 percent
Health Care: 11 percent
Illegal Immigration: six percent
Foreign Policy: five percent


Economy: 57 percent
Federal Budget Deficit: 19 percent
Health Care: 12 percent
Illegal Immigration: eight percent
Foreign Policy: four percent


Economy: 56 percent
Federal Budget Deficit: five percent
Health Care: 12 percent
Illegal Immigration: nine percent
Foreign Policy: five percent

Facebook users have also been sharing questions for the debate and interacting with others interested in the event on the sponsors’ pages.

The debate, moderated by “Meet the Press” host David Gregory, will stream live on Facebook as part of the multi-platform event. Viewers can tune in to the U.S. politics page on Facebook at at 9 a.m. Eastern Time Sunday to watch the action, post questions or comment during the debate or do the same at this MSNBC page.

The debate takes place two days before the New Hampshire primary in the historic Chubb Theater in Concord, NH. Joining the questioning will be The New Hampshire Union Leader, a mainstay of New Hampshire politics.

Elliot Schrage, vice president of global communications, marketing and public policy for Facebook, wrote a countdown to the debate on the company’s U.S. Politics page.

Do you plan to participate in Facebook’s interactive stream of the debate on Sunday?