Gallup Poll Shows Americans Consider the Government a ’Top Problem’

The US government is the nation’s top problem for over a fifth (21%) of Americans encompassed in Gallup’s latest poll with both Republicans and Democrats agreeing that Washington was worse even than inflation and immigration issues.

The poll’s results published on Monday show that in light of the rocky start of the 118th Congress’ term and persistently high prices, 21% of the poll respondents named poor leadership as the most serious issue, inflation remains the second most-cited problem (15%) followed by illegal immigration (11%), which edged up three percentage points amid elevated tensions about the southern US border.

The economy in general is considered a serious issue by 10% of the poll respondents which marks six points fall to the lowest reading in a year. 

Government incompetency has brought to a rare show of bipartisan unity 18% of Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents and 24% of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents who agreed that this issue topped the list.

With regards to inflation, both Republicans (18%) and Democrats (11%) listed it as the number two top issue, with another 18% of the GOP being more focused on immigration, while this issue is quite lower- on the distant 6th place- on the Democrats’ list with 5 %.

Among the Democrats, race relations and the economy were equally pointed as the third most important issues facing the country at 9% each.

Approval ratings for President Joe Biden and Congress remained constant with 41% and 21%, respectively, of US adults approving their job performance.

With just 2% of respondents describing conditions as “excellent” and 15% believe they are “good”, economic confidence remains at rock bottom. For nearly half (45%) of the respondents, conditions are “poor” while 38% rate them as “fair.”

Although it has improved slightly since peak inflation last summer, Galup’s Economic Confidence Index remains underwater at -39,

However, despite the generally dismal economic outlook with 22% of Americans seeing the US’ economic fortunes improving, a surprisingly high 64% of respondents believe it is a good time to find a quality job in the US.

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