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Immigration top issue for Congress, poll finds

Immigration is the most urgent issue for the new Congress, according to DAILY readers who answered an online poll.

"To which issue should the new Congress, with Democrats in the majority, give priority?" asked the two-day poll, which ended Saturday. Respondents chose from a list of issues.

Here's how the 122 responses broke down: immigration, 43 votes (35.3 percent); Iraq, 25 votes (20.5 percent); ethics in government, 20 votes (16.4 percent); health care, 12 votes (9.8 percent); terrorism, 9 votes (7.4 percent); economy, 7 votes (5.7 percent); taxes, 0 votes; something else, 6 votes (4.9 percent).

The results are unscientific. People could vote from anywhere.

About 10 days ago, two scientific national polls turned out differently from the online poll. In both national polls, people were asked to identify the election issues they considered most important.

Iraq, the economy and immigration were No. 1, No. 2 and No. 5 respectively in both polls. Health care and terrorism were third and fourth, but in different orders. One of those polls was done for ABC News and The Washington Post; the other was done for Newsweek.

Steve Stewart

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