What's on the mind of cigar smoking voters? Cigar Aficionado reached out to its audience this month to get their thoughts about the upcoming presidential elections and asked them to reveal who they intend to vote for and to name the issues that are most important to them as they chose the next president of the United States of America. The Economy and Terrorism were at the top of the list.
More than 7,500 people answered the weeklong survey on CigarAficionado.com, which ended on February 7.
Fifty percent of the audience said they intended to vote Republican, 17.7 percent said they were Independent, 17.2 percent said they intended to vote Democrat and the remaining 15.1 percent were undecided.
Among those who said they would vote Republican, Donald Trump took a commanding lead with 37.8 percent of the vote. In second place was Marco Rubio (22.9 percent), followed by Ted Cruz (21.5), John Kasich (3.1) and Jeb Bush (2.9).
Among Democrats, Hillary Clinton edged Bernie Sanders by a 46.6 percent to 41.5 percent margin.
Trump garnered more votes than any other candidate, regardless of party.
Asked about which issues were most important for this election, voters leaned most emphatically toward the Economy, with 40.2 percent of voters saying it was the most important issue. Terrorism and ISIS ranked second (19.8 percent), followed by Government Regulations (12.3 percent), Immigration (9.7 percent), Health Care (6 percent), Taxes (4.9 percent), Civil Rights (3.5 percent), Unemployment (1.9 percent), and Military Spending (1.6 percent).
The top issues were similar among the party affiliations, with Republican and Democrat voters alike ranking the Economy first and Terrorism and ISIS second. Republicans, however, ranked Government Regulations third, while Democrats chose Health Care.
Cigar Aficionado intends to repeat this poll throughout the election year, and compare the results each time.