Gallup

Twenty percent mention unemployment or jobs, up from 14% in April

May 19, 2014
by Rebecca Riffkin

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Twenty percent of Americans name unemployment or jobs as the most important problem facing the country in May, up from 14% who mentioned these issues in April. Dysfunctional government (19%) and the economy in general (17%) also rank among the top problems.

Democrats Say Unemployment Is Top Problem, Republicans Say the Economy

Democrats are most likely to name jobs or unemployment as the country’s most important problem, whereas Republicans’ top response is the economy more generally. Democrats, Republicans, and independents are about equally likely to cite dissatisfaction with government. The federal budget deficit is a much larger concern among Republicans (16%) than among independents (7%) and Democrats (3%).

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