- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fixing the immigration system is the top issue for Americans, according to a poll released Wednesday.

The Gallup poll found that 17 percent of Americans think immigration is the most important problem facing the country today, up from just 5 percent in June. A recent flood of minors making the dangerous journey into the U.S. alone has caught the attention of many across the country as a humanitarian crisis and protests develop along the border.

Other top issues for Americans are dissatisfaction with the government at 16 percent, the economy at 15 percent, and unemployment at 14 percent. In June, the economy was the top problem with 20 percent of Americans saying it was the most important issue for them.

Immigration awareness across the country last spiked in 2010, when a new immigration law in Arizona was making headlines, and in 2006, when Congress was debating immigration reform.

Results come from telephone calls with more than 1,000 adults across the country between July 7-10. The margin of error is 4 percent.

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