Majority of Americans Worried About Jobs, Economy, Poll Shows

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:21 PM EDT

( - A new poll shows nearly one in three or 31 percent of likely voters say jobs and the economy are the top issues facing America today, followed by the war in Iraq and the war on terrorism.

Among those who cite jobs and the economy as top issues, Sen. John Kerry leads President Bush 52 percent to 37 percent, according to a new Zogby International survey.

More than two in ten respondents or 22 percent say the war in Iraq is the most important issue facing the country. Among this group, Kerry leads the president 52 percent to 39 percent. Less than one in ten or three percent chose other candidates and seven percent are undecided.

Nearly one in ten or nine percent of likely voters cited the war on terrorism as the top priority. Among this group, the president is favored over Kerry 64 percent to 26 percent, with two percent choosing other candidates and nine percent undecided.

The poll was taken May 10-13 from a sample of 985 likely voters. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

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