What’s most interesting about these issues is that despite national media coverage and the fact that they currently have the undivided attention of Congress, most Americans don’t see these issues as priorities at all. On Monday, a Gallup poll highlighted the areas the country sees as the “top problems” facing the United States. Of the 16 problems listed in the poll, immigration was seventh on the list, guns were ninth, and the debt and deficit were fourth. If you break down the numbers, 11% of Americans see the debt and deficit as the most important problem facing the country today, down from 13% in February. Only 4% see immigration as the most important problem up from 3% in February. And finally, only 4% of Americans see guns/gun control as the most important issue facing the country, down from 6% in February. With the exception of immigration, these problems are falling lower on Americans’ radar while at the same time rising higher on the radar of Congress.
The top three issues Americans see as the most important problems facing the country today are: