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Poll: Unemployment Most Important Problem

More Gallup respondents cite joblessness as their biggest concern than in any year since 1983.

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February 11, 2011

Thirty-five percent of Americans said unemployment is the most important problem facing the United States in the latest Gallup poll, a higher percentage than at any point since 1983, when 41 percent named it as the most pressing issue.

While the unemployment rate fell to 9.0 percent last month, only 36,000 jobs were created. Analysts say about 250,000 jobs need to be created per month to seriously bring down the unemployment rate.

Unemployment has taken the top spot for the second month in a row, followed by the economy and health care. Dissatisfaction with government and the federal budget deficit rounded out the top five. Seventy percent of respondents named some economic issue.

 

The answers differed slightly by party: Democrats were more worried about unemployment than independents and Republicans, and Democrats were twice as likely to name health care as a problem. Republicans, meanwhile, were more likely to mention the federal budget deficit, the third most important issue among Republican respondents.

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