Consulting and global research firm Gallup released last week the September 1-16 survey data. Out of the 20 categories of potential issues listed in the poll, the respondents expressed that their three main concerns were the government, inflation and the economy in general.
About 28 percent of Republicans and 23 percent of Democrats think that the current government is a major problem. The firm's surveys since March have cited the same concerns, with roughly similar percentages of Americans naming the same issues in those months.
According to Gallup, "22 percent of Americans currently name the government as the most important problem, while 17 percent say inflation is. Twelve percent mention the economy in general terms, the only other issue to be cited by at least 10 percent of Americans in response to the open-ended question."
The study also found that between four and six percent of Americans think that "immigration, race relations or racism, unifying the country, abortion, elections, election reform or democracy, poverty or crime" is the most important problem.
"In recent years, Americans have become more likely to cite the government as the most important U.S. problem," the survey stated. "To a large degree, people may see the government's inability to successfully deal with matters such as inflation, high gas prices, COVID-19 or the major issue of the day as the problem, rather than those issues specifically."
Surveys such as Gallup's could also predict what politicians and their parties' next move would be as midterm elections near.
When asked which political party they felt could do a better job of handling the problem they feel is most important, 48 percent said the Republican Party and 37 percent said the Democratic Party. The remaining 15 percent of respondents do not see either party as better. Last year, Republicans had a narrower 41 to 38 percent advantage in this category.
As expected, Republicans were more inclined than Democrats to see immigration as the most important problem, with 13 percent naming it. Election reform or democracy was listed by 12 percent of Democrats as the most important issue, followed by abortion at nine percent.
Also, more than eight in 10 Republicans (88 percent) and Democrats (82 percent) rate their own party as better able to handle their respective top issues.
Democrats (11 percent) are more likely than Republicans (four percent) to say the opposing party can better handle the issue. The poll also found that 42 percent of independents would trust the Republican Party to resolve the issue, while only 32 percent would trust the Democratic Party. (Related: America Unhinged: Republicans are going to win the House and Senate, says historian Larry Schweikart – Brighteon.TV.)
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