Americans think the economy and their dissatisfaction with government are the two biggest problems facing the nation as Congress begins its lame-duck session, a new Gallup poll
The survey of 828 adults conducted last Thursday through Sunday found that 20 percent said they were concerned about the nation's stagnant economy, while 19 percent said they disapproved of the federal government.
In addition, 13 percent said they were concerned about illegal immigration, while 12 percent responded that jobs and unemployment were among their primary concerns.
The remaining respondents listed a wide range of issues in the Gallup poll, from healthcare to homelessness to national security to terrorism to the Islamic State.
The poll had a margin of error of 4 percentage points.
"Government and the economy in general continue to be the most commonly cited problems facing the U.S.," Gallup said in its analysis. "During the current 'lame-duck' session, congressional leaders may be hesitant to act on these issues."
The polling company, based in Princeton, N.J., also noted another Gallup survey
, released Tuesday, which said 53 percent of Americans wanted congressional Republicans, not President Barack Obama, to set the nation's agenda.
"But more than anything, Americans want Congress to fix itself and begin compromising, a view reinforced by Americans' continuing to name the government itself as the most important problem facing the nation," Gallup said.
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