04/16/2017

Americans Name Dissatisfaction With Government As Top Problem

Art Swift, Gallup

  • 21% name dissatisfaction with government/poor leadership as top problem
  • Other frequently cited problems are healthcare, immigration and the economy
  • Satisfaction with way things are going in U.S. at 32%

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- More than one in five U.S. adults cite dissatisfaction with the government and political leadership as the most important problem in the country. This is by far the problem U.S. adults most frequently mention, followed by healthcare, immigration and the economy. Americans have often named government dissatisfaction as the top problem in the nation.

Dissatisfaction With Government/Poor Leadership Remains Top Problem

What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today? [Open-ended]

The current level of dissatisfaction with the government is the highest since October 2013 to January 2014, after the partial government shutdown that October. The only other period during Gallup's polling history when a higher percentage of Americans cited government as the most important problem was in 1973 and 1974 during the Watergate crisis.

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