Gallup: Only 6 Percent of Americans Say Health Care is the Top U.S. Problem

By Pete Winn | July 3, 2012 | 11:22 AM EDT

Supporters of President Barack Obama's health care law celebrate outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2012, after the court's ruling. AP Photo/David Goldman)

( - Only 6 percent of Americans think that health care is the most important problem facing the country, according to a new Gallup poll.

When asked in June to identify the most important problem facing the country, a whopping 94 percent of Americans named something other than health care as the nation’s top problem, Gallup reported.

The economy (at 31 percent), jobs (25 percent), dissatisfaction with government (12 percent) and the federal budget deficit (11 percent) were all mentioned in front of health care.

In fact, according to Gallup, June’s 6 percent figure was slightly below the average 8 percent of Americans who have mentioned health care as the nation's top problem each month since January 2001.

During the first six months of this year, 7 percent on average mentioned health care as the top problem.

Health care reached an historical high -- 31 percent -- in January of 1994, during the debate over the health-care reform plan that then-First Lady Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton developed, promoted and attempted to pass.

Health care reached 26 percent mention in late August and early September of 2009, during the debate over the health-care plan pushed by President Obama.

The poll results are based on telephone interviews conducted June 7-10, with a random sample of 1,004 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The maximum margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points.

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