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Americans are relatively united in what they care about. We asked Americans “How willing would you be to watch 30 minutes less of your favorite TV in order to learn more about” nine different policy topics: trade, taxes, regulation, immigration, health care, civil rights, national security and terrorism, environmental, and social security.

Poll was run by PredictWise with Pollfish on April 11, 2017.

The majority of Americans claim they would definitely take 30 minutes to learn about the majority of topics. We do not really believe that, so what really matters here is the relative orders.

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While the numbers are close, the most popular topic for the Democrats is health care and for the Republicans it is national security and terrorism. Social security was third for both groups. So, there is not a huge divide at the top.

The biggest divide is on civil rights and environmental policy, where over 20 percentage points more Democrats were interested in learning about these two topics versus the Republicans.

Finally, while people constantly claim an interest in the economy, less than 50 percent of Democrats and Republicans claim they would definitely learn about taxes, regulation, or trade.

Full Data Here at PredictWise.com.

The PredictWise and Pollfish survey received responses from 1,200 people on April 11 through online and in-app polling methods. We do not report margin of error because we do not believe it can be accurately estimated.

Tobias Konitzer is a PhD candidate in communication at Stanford University. Find him on Twitter @KonitzerTobias.

Sam Corbett-Davies is a PhD candidate at Stanford University in computer science. Find him on Twitter @SCorbettDavies.

David Rothschild is an economist at Microsoft Research. Find him on Twitter @DavMicRot.