The Washington Times - October 14, 2013, 07:54AM

While Congress scurries to set spending priorities, reopen the government and avoid default on U.S. debts, a new poll shows Americans think the federal government should be focused on job creation as the best way to improve the economy.

Gallup, which took the poll just prior to the shutdown, says 22 percent of respondents thought creating jobs and hiring more people is the “most important thing” the federal government can do to improve the economy, while 11 percent thought getting Congress to work together should be the foremost priority.

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Balancing the budget and cutting spending came in third, at 10 percent, with tax cuts and stopping foreign aid registering 7 percent of respondents.

Five percent said the government should repeal Obamacare and improve the health care system.