- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 11, 2016

More Americans named the economy as the most important problem facing the United States than other issues in a Gallup poll taken earlier this month, after terrorism and government had emerged as concerns in December and January.

Seventeen percent of Americans named the economy as the most important problem facing the country, followed by government at 13 percent, immigration and unemployment/jobs at 10 percent each, and national security and terrorism at 7 percent apiece.

in January, government had topped the list at 16 percent, followed by the economy at 13 percent and terrorism at 9 percent.

In December, as the country was dealing with the San Bernardino attack, terrorism was first at 16 percent, followed by government at 13 percent and the economy at 9 percent.

In the poll released Thursday, Republicans were more likely than Democrats or independents to name national security, immigration and the federal budget deficit as the most important problem, while Democrats were more likely than Republicans or independents to name race relations, health care and education.

“On the campaign front, several Republican candidates continue to talk about national security and stopping terrorism,” wrote Gallup’s Rebecca Riffkin. “These issues speak to fellow Republicans, for whom national security and terrorism are among the most important problems facing the country, but not to independents and Democrats, who are less likely to name these issues.”

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