Health care, jobs, immigration and the Great Lakes top your 2020 election agendaJuly 29, 2019
CNN held a live random draw on Thursday night to determine how to split the 20 candidates
taking part in the Democratic debates in Detroit on July 30 and 31. Detroit Free Press staff, Wochit
We asked you, Michigan, what matters most in the 2020 presidential election. More than 2,300 of you have answered so far, and here's how you rank the issues ahead of the Democratic debates on Tuesday:
1. Health care
This is your No. 1 issue, with 45% of our informal survey respondents marking it important. We're a diverse state and everyone deserves care, the costs need to be controlled and rural areas need attention, you told us.
More: Your guide to the Democratic debates in Detroit
At 39%, this issue ranks a close second. Better-paying jobs and lower taxes keep the economy moving, and the auto industry moves many (though not all) of us.
3. Immigration policy
35%. We are diverse and eclectic, and immigrants have and are a significant part of our economy.
4. Environment (including Great Lakes)
29%. Look out for the Great Lakes and our water, and pay attention to the pollutants messing up both.
5. Climate change
6. Transportation and infrastructure
Other issues receiving less than 20% of responses but more than 10%, in order: Education, public safety and gun laws, income inequality, social issues and abortion.
About the survey
This list was compiled as part of an informal Detroit Free Press survey taken using a Google Form that was shared on Freep.com and social media and completed by more than 2,300 people. It's part of an ongoing effort, including in-person interviews, to inform our coverage of the 2020 presidential campaign.
We'll listen for and report what the candidates say on these matters — or if they say nothing at all — during the debates and beyond.
You also asked us for analysis and live fact-checking, and we will be doing both. Our beat experts will be tweeting during the debates and we'll share that on freep.com, too. We'll also offer a mix of in-depth and short stories.
Agree or disagree? We'll keep this informal survey open. To take part, please fill out this form. Results shown above are as of noon Friday, July 26, 2019.
Who you are
One third of you said you've already decided your position on the candidates, 16 percent are undecided and the rest of you fall somewhere in between. You want the candidates to know you're loyal, you're hard-working and you demand that your elected officials get things done.
Though most of you live in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, we've heard from 78 of Michigan's 83 counties so far. A third of you are younger than 50 years old. You're registered voters from across the political spectrum.
Most of you said you'll be watching the debates or reading about them afterwards, or both. To that we say, see you Tuesday at 8 p.m. on freep.com.