'Unemployment' Biggest Concern For Americans, According To Gallup Poll
According to Gallup, 76% of respondents identified an economic issue as the most important problem for Americans.
39% of poll respondents in September identified unemployment or jobs as the most critical problem the nation faces—compared to 29% in August.
14% of Americans said they were dissatisfied with the government.
Asked which political party was better prepared to tackle the nation’s problems, 44% identified Republicans and 37% identified Democratic Party as more capable.
"It is the largest GOP advantage since January 1995, when Republicans had a 10-point edge," Gallup notes. "At that time, crime was the top overall problem according to Americans. The all-time-high Republican advantage was 19 points in January 1981, just after Ronald Reagan took office, when the economy was the most important problem."
The poll was conducted Sept. 8-11 following President Obama’s announcement of his jobs bill to Congress to address the country’s high unemployment rate.
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