Democratic Party

Voters' top concerns depend on their party

The unfolding presidential sweepstakes seems to be a good opportunity to assess the State of the Union.

Potential presidential candidates touting their ideas of how to solve our nation's problems are concentrating on issues they think are important to voters. But according to a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Democrats and Republicans are divided on the top priorities the next president should and must address.

Potential Republican voters consider national security and the fight against terrorism as top priorities. Twenty-seven percent think so. Concern about government spending comes in second, with 24 percent, job creation and economic growth with 21 percent, and...