Economy Tops List of US Voters Concerns
With the first US presidential debate looming, the economy leads the long list of top concerns for Americans, a Gallup Poll revealed Friday.
Economy continues to lead the list at 14%, followed by dissatisfaction with government, at 11%, and jobs and unemployment, also at 11%, the 7-11 September Gallup poll found.
There are a number of other major problems cited by Americans, including the election (8%), race relations (7%), immigration (6%), terrorism (5%), and national security (5%), the poll found.
These will be among the most pressing issues atop Americans’ minds as they watch the 2 candidates, Donald Trump (R) and Hillary Clinton (D) debate for the 1st time on 26 September.
This year’s Presidential election comes at a time when a large chunk of Americans are dissatisfied with the economy. While the headline jobless rate has lowered, economists say the figure hides a number of issues and does not show a full bill of health for the US economy.
Economic problems have been particularly severe among the nation’s blue collar workers with many families struggling to get by.
The percentage of Americans who name the election or election reform as the greatest US problem has been rising while the Presidential campaign dominates political news coverage.
In recent election years, a smaller percentage of Americans, typically 1 to 2%, mentioned the election as the top problem for the US
But the issue has gained prominence over the past year, likely because of the controversies surrounding Mrs. Clinton and Donald Trump.
As the economy, dissatisfaction with government and unemployment are regarded by Americans as their top concerns, they are likely to be the major discussion points in the upcoming Presidential debates.
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