Americans Think Government Is Nation’s Biggest Problem

Posted March 13th, 2015 at 1:43 pm (UTC-4)
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U.S. Capitol dome restoration, Dec 27, 2014 (Photo by F. Delventhal via Flickr)

U.S. Capitol dome restoration, Dec 27, 2014 (Photo by F. Delventhal via Flickr)

It’s not the economy, immigration or terrorism. For the fourth month in a row, Americans think the number one problem in the United States is its government.

Eighteen percent of Americans said dissatisfaction with government is the top problem facing the nation, while the economy and jobs came in second place with 10 percent each, according to a Gallup poll which was conducted March 5-8, 2015.

“While dissatisfaction with government is by no means a new issue to the American people,” wrote Gallup’s Justin McCarthy, “it has not in recent months been as clearly the leading problem as it is now, given that fewer Americans mention the economy.”

Terrorism (6 percent) and national security (4 percent) are also still on the minds of many people.

gallupThe results aren’t a complete surprise. Recent polls show about three-quarters of Americans are unhappy with Congress, which is often accused of being out of touch when it comes to issues of importance to average Americans.

For example, a great partisan fight over immigration reform is currently taking place on Capitol Hill, despite recent findings from the Public Religion Research Institute that there is a consensus among Americans–60 percent or six of every 10 people–about creating a path to citizenship for immigrants now living in the country illegally.

“The majority of residents in all 50 states say their preferred policy solution would be that immigrants that are in the country illegally should be allowed to become citizens provided they meet some basic requirements,” said Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO of the PRRI. “This shows the debates we see at the elite level among partisans in Congress don’t always reflect the opinions of Americans on the ground.”

President Barack Obama fares a little better than Congress when it comes to public opinion. The most recent polling gives the president a 49 percent approval rating, while 50 percent disapprove.

6 responses to “Americans Think Government Is Nation’s Biggest Problem”

  1. person from the world says:

    i think now the sutiuation very bad in all over the world not only in U.S , and in all over the world , the governments is very problem , because they didn’t think in nations but only themselves thinking

  2. PermReader says:

    Who will stop the permanent flow of lies from the lleftist(liberal) media including the US international broadcasting? After the lost of the Congress Obama`s media proprieted the hystery features and the lies turned statistics(worst of lies). Shame.

  3. Shehreyar Khan says:

    I think a main problem for USA is Black & White

  4. outsider says:

    ONLY WHEN USA STOPS THINKING ABOUT THE WORLD,WORLD WILL BECOME VERY PEACEFUL AND PLEASANT PLACE FOR LIVING WITHOUT WARS AND SLAVERY ! USA IS EVIL OF THE WORLD,HANDS OF THE SATAN-THE CURSED ONE !

  5. Izabel says:

    The american are right thinking about the world’s problem, because that wha american are born for otherwise the world wouldn’t have justice.
    Government problem are all over the world, every country needs to look closely to their own country and see what’s the problem in it.

  6. Fred Tourette says:

    While the government is indeed truly FUBAR, it is a shame, really, that concern for the environment is pretty much off the American populace’s mind. For if it is out of the voters’ minds, it certainly is out of the politicians’ minds.

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