The Hussein Obama Effect: Worry About Hunger & Homelessness
Over the past 2 years, concern about hunger and homelessness has been rising among Americans, especially among the lower-income group, found a new Gallup poll.
An average of 67% of the lower-income Americans have worried “a great deal” about the problem of hunger and homelessness, which is a significant rise from 51% during Y’s 2010-2011, according to the 1-5 March poll.
Overall, 47% of Americans now worry about hunger and homelessness “a great deal,” tied withY 2016 as the high in the trend. Previously, concern had been as low as 35% in Y 2004, the 1st year Gallup asked the question.
The only issue with a significantly higher “worried a great deal” percentage in this year’s poll is the availability and affordability of healthcare, at 57%, Gallup said.
But among lower-income Americans, hunger and homelessness eclipsed healthcare, making it the top-ranking issue.
Among middle and upper-income Americans, the availability and affordability of healthcare generates the greatest worry, with hunger and homelessness further down the list, Gallup said.
Crime and Violence, as well as healthcare, also are prominent concerns for lower-income Americans. Crime is a prominent concern for middle-income Americans as well, but much less so for upper-income Americans, Gallup found.
It is unclear why Americans are worrying more about hunger and homelessness now. But at times the issue may fade from public consciousness when other matters dominate the national agenda, Gallup found.
Rising concern about hunger and homelessness among all income groups could be a result of media attention devoted to US income inequality in recent years, according to Gallup.
Americans may also worry more about hunger and homelessness when other issues are not dominating the national consciousness, such as the economy and budget deficit were in Y’s 2010-2011 and terrorism was in the years after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
It is possible that greater concern will lead to greater public pressure for action on the issue.