Gallup Poll: Americans See Economy, Jobs As Top Priority

Image: Gallup Poll: Americans See Economy, Jobs As Top Priority People looking for work stand in line during a job fair at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on May 2.

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 12:55 PM

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The economy and jobs rank as more important issues for Americans than immigration and gun control, according to a Gallup poll conducted May 4-5.

The 1,021 respondents were asked what priority Congress and the president should give to a variety of issues. A total of 86 percent said the government should give top or high priority to creating jobs and the same number said education should be a top priority.

The survey found that 81 percent thought that making government work more efficiently should be a high priority as well, while the same number said improving the quality of education should be high on the list.

Social Security and Medicare also drew high numbers, with 77 percent of respondents saying its financial problems should be given top priority. Seventy percent also ascribed a high priority to reducing healthcare costs.

A total of 68 percent, meanwhile, cited increasing access to healthcare as a top item, while 65 percent listed reducing poverty and inequality as a high priority.

Fifty-Nine percent pegged tax reform as a top issue or high priority.

At the bottom of the list, 55 percent said reducing gun violence should be a top priority, while 50 percent said the same about immigration reform.





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