Record Fewest Americans Pick Economy as Top Problem: Survey

Petr Svab
By Petr Svab
September 17, 2018USshare
Record Fewest Americans Pick Economy as Top Problem: Survey
Construction worker in Boca Raton, Fla., on Aug. 21, 2018. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The economy doesn’t qualify as the top concern of seven in eight Americans, a Gallup survey found. Only 12 percent cited some aspect of the economy as the country’s most important problem in September—the lowest percentage on record reaching back to 1991.

The result marks a striking departure from past years when the economy often topped the list of Americans’ concerns.

In 2009, at the height of the economic crisis, a record 86 percent picked economy as the dominant problem.

Even in the last years of the previous administration, between 30-40 percent deemed the economy the no. 1 problem.

The previous record, 13 percent, dated back before the 2000 dot-com bubble burst.

Roughly coinciding with the election of President Donald Trump, the number plummeted to below 20 percent and has oscillated near that mark since.

In addition, 55 percent of Americans say the economy is getting better, one of the best results since 2004.

And 64 percent of Americans say it’s now a good time to find a quality job. That’s just shy of the record 67 percent reported by Gallup in May.

Trump has received credit for accelerating economic growth with his tax cuts and deregulation.

As Americans worry less about the economy, the issue that tops their concerns is dissatisfaction with government—nearly 29 percent and approaching the record 33 percent recorded in October 2013, which coincided with a government shutdown.

The concern crosses party lines, with 38 percent of Democrats and 28 percent of Republicans picking government or poor leadership as the top problem. It’s likely though that each camp is concerned for different reasons since 68 percent of Republicans are satisfied with the way things are going in the country, while only 12 percent of Democrats are.

Immigration or illegal immigrants were the top concern of 12 percent of Americans. Only 5 percent focused on healthcare and just 4 percent focused on poverty, hunger, or homelessness.

The survey was conducted through Sept. 4-12 with a random sample of 1,035 adults.

From The Epoch Times

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