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.
The 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.