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America in crisis: Government cited as No. 1 problem in the country

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Americans think poor leadership within government is the most important problem facing the nation, according to a new poll.

Gallup says 21 percent of people put their dissatisfaction with Congress and politicians in general just above the economy, at 18 percent. Unemployment and health care issues come in third, at 16 percent.

Only 3 percent of people cite issues like foreign aid and immigration, and 2 percent say welfare and "a lack of respect for each other" are the top problems.

Gallup says concern about the government spiked during the government shutdown in October, however current levels are higher than they were prior to the federal stalemate.

Concerns about health care, meanwhile, may be driven by the rollout of the new health care law.

"Government is the No. 1 concern among all three party groups, although Republicans and independents are more likely than Democrats to cite it," Gallup said. "Mentions of health care as a problem are much higher for Republicans than for independents and Democrats."

 

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