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Americans says government is key U.S. problem

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Staff Writer | January 19, 2019
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As the federal government continues the longest shutdown in its history, Americans are most likely to cite "the government/poor leadership" (29%) as the most important problem facing the country.

In fact, January saw a 10-percentage-point increase from December in views of government as the most important problem.

The second-most-frequently mentioned problem is immigration - at 21%, a rate notably higher than December's 16%, and coinciding with the controversy over plans to extend the physical barrier on the nation's Southern border.

Despite a volatile stock market in past weeks, economic issues received less concern from Americans as the most important problem.

While 3% mention the economy by name, a total of 14% of Americans overall cite economic problems. January mentions of economic problems are among the lowest Gallup has ever measured, dating back to 1939. The last time 50% of Americans cited economy-related issues as the most important problem was May 2014.


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