Poll: Unemployment Now Number One National Problem

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WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Americans now say unemployment and job security is the most important problem facing the country, according to the latest Gallup poll.

This replaces the government and politicians, which Americans had deemed the biggest national problem since the federal government shutdown in October.

Healthcare continues to rank among the top problems, with 15 percent naming it, unchanged from January.

Mentions of the federal debt/budget deficit are stable at 8 percent, despite Congress’ increasing the debt ceiling in February.

Mentions of immigration increased slightly to 6 percent in February, compared with 3 percent in January. At least 3 percent of Americans mention ethics/moral issues, education, lack of money, and poverty.

Mentions of unemployment and jobs as the most important problem increased among Democrats, Republicans and Independents this month. The jump was greatest among Republicans, to 24 percent from 11 percent in January.

The rise in mentions of unemployment may be related to January’s poor jobs report and specifically may also be related to declining concerns about the government.

Now that the shutdown is over and the government has successfully passed a budget and avoided another debt ceiling shutdown, Americans appear to have shifted their focus away from the government and back to the still relatively weak job market.

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