Gallop Poll Finds Unemployment Re-Emerges as Most Important Problem in U.S.

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It’s the economy AND jobs.

A new Gallop poll finds that unemployment has overtaken the economy as what Americans say is the most important problem facing the nation.

From Gallop: Thirty-nine percent of Americans in September name unemployment or jobs as the most important problem facing the country, up from 29% in August. Unemployment has now passed “the economy” as the most frequently mentioned issue. In the month since the passage of debt ceiling legislation, concerns about the federal budget deficit have eased, while the percentage citing dissatisfaction with government as the top problem has held steady at 14%.

The results are based on a 8-11 Sept., 2011 Gallup poll, conducted just after President Obama announced his proposed jobs bill to Congress to address the United States’ high unemployment rate. Obama’s proposal came shortly after the government reported that no net new jobs were created in the U.S. in August. The increased government attention to unemployment is likely the reason behind the bump in the percentage of Americans citing it as the most important problem.

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