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Gallup: 'Mentions of Economic Issues as Top Problem Lowest Since 1999'

Gallup: 'Mentions of Economic Issues as Top Problem Lowest Since 1999'
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By    |   Tuesday, 21 November 2017 02:42 PM

Americans are less concerned about the economy than they have been in 18 years, Gallup reports.

In its monthly poll of top issues facing the country, the economy was mentioned far less often than in previous polls. Government dissatisfaction, race relations and racism, healthcare and unifying the country all ranked higher on respondents list of concerns:

  • Government dissatisfaction: 23 percent
  • Racism/race relations: 10 percent
  • Healthcare: 9 percent
  • Unifying the country: 7 percent
  • The economy in general: 4 percent

In total, economic issues only accounted for 15 percent of problems that people listed, the lowest rate since 13 percent in 1999.

"Economic mentions peaked at 86 percent in February 2009, as the Great Recession continued and newly inaugurated President Barack Obama dealt with the fallout of the 2008 financial crisis," Gallup noted. "The economy remained a top concern for several more years, with at least half of Americans mentioning an economic issue as the most important problem through August 2013."

Gallup added: "With low unemployment, sustained economic growth, and historically high stock values, it is understandable that Americans are less concerned about the economy than they have been in many years."

However, it isn't all good news.

"Americans' satisfaction with the state of the nation remains low: Only one in four say they are satisfied. By comparison, 51 percent were satisfied in 1999, the only time fewer Americans mentioned economic matters as the most important problem facing the country. Their top concerns about the country today — mismanaged or ineffective government, racism, healthcare, unifying the country, immigration, guns and terrorism — give clues as to what may be keeping their satisfaction down."

Gallup polled 1,028 adults in the U.S. by phone from Nov. 2 to Nov. 8, with a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

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