Skip to comments.Poll: Unemployment now America's #1 problem (post porkulus?)
Posted on 02/17/2014 2:48:41 PM PST by Libloather
Unemployment is now the #1 problem in America, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.
After the government shutdown in October, Government/Politicians ranked #1 as the top problem in America through mid-January, when legislators passed a bipartisan budget deal.
After that, there was a 11-percent drop among Republicans who listed Government/Politicians as the top problem, from 26 percent in January to 15 percent in February.
The new poll shows that unemployment is now the top issue an increase of 16 percent from January.
Republicans, Democrats and independents all said Unemployment/Jobs was the top problem, but the jump was the greatest among Republicans, from 11 percent in January to 24 percent in February.
The second-biggest problem was the Economy in general, followed by Government/Politicians, Healthcare and the Federal budget deficit/federal debt.
The poll was conducted Feb. 6-9, and was in response to the open-ended question: What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?
The poll also found that only 22 percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S., similar to the 23 percent found in December and January, but up from a 12-month low of 16 percent in October during the shutdown.
The all-time high on this measure in Gallup's history was 60 percent in March, 2003, while the low point was 7 percent in October, 2008, according to the groups analysis.
Economic issues again lead Gallup's measure of what Americans see as the most important problem facing the nation, said an summary by Gallup.
Fears about employment and the economy may be linked to weaker-than-hoped-for jobs reports and flat job growth in the past few months, the summary said.
However, the summary also added, The rise in mentions of unemployment specifically may also be related to declining concerns about the government.
Now that the shutdown is over and the government has successfully passed a budget and avoided another debt ceiling shutdown, Americans appear to have shifted their focus away from the government and back to the still relatively weak job market, it said.
The economy has now grown for 11 straight quarters, and businesses have added 8.5 million jobs since early 2010. While far more work remains to ensure that the economy provides opportunity for every American, there can be no question that President Obamas actions to date have laid the groundwork for stronger, more sustainable economic growth in the years ahead.
Not possible. Why it just dropped to 6.6 percent! /dripping sarcasm
Are you to admit that government intervention into every damn entrepreneur endeavor in America is anti-AMERICAN?
The unemployed socialist society of amerika thanks you for your support.
GOP wake up.
Bring back JOBS to America.
no, the number one problem in America is the anti-American policies ruling in WashDC (which us cause, among other serious problems, this terrible and increasing unemployment)
0bummer B da Problem.
Just print another few Trillion for Obama’s cronies and terrorist groups.
Nope. Barry Soetero is still Americas #1 problem.
“Bring back JOBS to America. Jobs.”
I believe a desire for stable jobs helped elect Obama (voters were desperate, and McCain had no answers). The fact that Obama was RE-elected with the miserable jobs situation was a real coup by the media; Goebbels would be envious.
I agree 100% with you, on both of your points.
Outsourcing helped elect Obama, and the media is helplessly in bed with him.
Thanks; it is scary how voters eat up the propaganda...