The government and immigration are the most important problems facing the United States, with healthcare ranking at a more distant third place, according to Americans cited in a new Gallup Poll released Wednesday.
The poll of a random sample of 1,012 adults interviewed by telephone from April 1-9 found 23% named government as the top problem and 21% saw immigration as the main issue.
Among other issues:
- Healthcare, 7%;
- Race relations or racism, 6%
- Economy, poverty, and country unity, 5%;
- Environment/climate change, 3%;
- Unemployment/wealth gap, 2%.
It also revealed that immigration was named by several more Republicans than Democrats:
- 41% of Republicans put immigration at the top, compared to 18% of independents and 5% of Democrats;
- 32% of Democrats saw the government as the main issue, compared to 19% of Republicans.
The poll carried a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.
The mention of immigration is almost at its high point. Last July, as separation of migrant families was a large concern, 22% said immigration was their main worry. However, from 2001 through 2017, immigration was only mentioned by about 5% or respondents.
The mentions of government dropped from a 35% high mark in February, shortly after the longest government shutdown on record occurred. However, the government has been mentioned by an average of 22% of those polled since President Donald Trump took office.
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