Gallup: Gov't No. 1 Problem, Immigration No. 2

Michael W. Chapman | January 17, 2019 | 11:48am EST
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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
and House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi (D-Calif.)
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( -- In its newest survey, Gallup found that Americans believe the number one problem facing the country is the government and the second most important problem is immigration. 

In the Jan. 2-10 survey, Gallup asked, "What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today? [OPEN-ENDED]"

Twenty-nine percent said "the government/poor leadership" and 21 percent said "immigration." 


Third on the list was "race relations/racism" (8%), followed by "healthcare" (7%).

Towards the bottom the list, all at 3%, were "economy in general," "poverty/hunger," and "environment/pollution."

The "January mentions of economic problems are among the lowest Gallup has ever measured, dating back to 1939," said the polling firm. (Emphasis added.) "The last time 50% of Americans cited economy-related issues as the most important problem was May 2014."

"With the current government shutdown reaching a record length, half of Americans see either the government or immigration policy -- the issue at the root of the shutdown -- as the nation's top problem," said Gallup. "Thus, whether Americans side with the Democrats or Republicans on the political showdown, a large segment of the country considers the issues at stake to be momentous."

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