Economy, government biggest US problems: Gallup poll

A homeless man takes his breakfast at the Seashore Mission which offers services to the homeless and those in need on January 3, 2016 in Biloxi, Mississippi. (AFP photo)
A homeless man takes his breakfast at the Seashore Mission which offers services to the homeless and those in need on January 3, 2016 in Biloxi, Mississippi. (AFP photo)

Americans continue to cite the economy and the government of the United States as the most important problems facing their country, according to the latest Gallup poll.

The monthly Gallup survey conducted April 6-10, shows that 17 percent of respondents list the US economy as the biggest challenge confronted by the nation. Concerns about the economy have been unchanged in the last two months.

Dissatisfaction with the government retains the second-place spot, with 13 percent of Americans naming it as the leading source of concern.

Overall, 40 percent of Americans mention at least one problem that is economic in nature, similar to the past two months. These economic concerns include generic mentions of the economy and unemployment, as well as the federal budget deficit, inequality and wage issues.

Several other issues register a notable level of concern, including unemployment at 9 percent and immigration at 8 percent.

Seven percent of Americans name racial issues — including racism and race relations — as America’s top problem.

Americans’ mentions of racism and race relations as the most important problem facing the country spiked in December 2014 to 13 percent amid protests over high-profile incidents of police brutality toward blacks.

For more than a decade prior to December 2014, less than 5 percent of Americans had named racism or race relations as the top problem facing the US.

Meanwhile, the vast majority of Americans in the poll, or 71 percent, expressed dissatisfaction with the way things are going in the US. Only 26 percent were satisfied.

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