A new poll shows Americans are more likely to point to a dysfunctional government as the nation’s top problem than any other topic, including the economy.
Gallup found that 33 percent of respondents cite their dissatisfaction with government and elected leaders as their top issue, rating it much higher than the economy (19 percent) and unemployment, health care or the deficit (12 percent for each).
Concerns about the economy had been dropping, and the survey numbers arrive while Congress remains deadlocked over how to end a federal government shutdown and extend the nation’s borrowing authority.
Dissatification with the government is at its highest level since 1939, Gallup reported.
“This almost certainly reflects the current upheaval in Washington and party leaders’ inability to agree on a way to fund the government or avoid a possible government default,” Gallup said. “October is the first time since 2008 when an economic issue was not at the top of Americans’ list of most important problems.”