- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 23, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American public has considerable doubts about the government’s ability to solve major problems in this presidential election year.

That’s according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll conducted in December.

It finds that 6 in 10 people questioned expressed only slight confidence — or none at all — that the federal government can make progress on the problems facing the country in 2016.

Terrorism and health care are the issues that adults cited as priorities, though various economic matters combine to take top billing.

Overall, the polling suggests that the electorate is more focused on the economy and domestic affairs than on foreign policy.

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