What is the "Most Important Problem"?

"What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?"

That is how Gallup asks voters to identify the problems they care most about. As an "open-ended" question, the pollster does not provide a list of answers to choose from.

Look at the changes in answers across the last 7 months to see how voter priorities change based on current events and trends. Can you pinpoint the month that the Parkland School shootings took place based on the numbers in the table?

 

2018

 

 

2017

 

 

 

Recent Trend:

Mar

Feb

Jan

Dec

Nov

Oct

Sep

               

ECONOMIC PROBLEMS (NET)

14

20

20

17

15

17

17

Economy in general

4

6

4

3

4

5

6

Unemployment/Jobs

2

4

2

3

4

5

4

Federal budget deficit/Federal debt

2

3

3

3

2

3

2

Corporate corruption

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

Taxes

1

2

2

2

2

2

2

Lack of money

1

1

1

1

1

1

*

Gap between rich and poor

1

1

3

2

1

2

2

Foreign trade/Trade deficit

1

--

*

*

--

--

*

Wage issues

*

1

1

*

*

*

*

Fuel/Oil prices

*

*

1

--

--

--

1

High cost of living/Inflation

*

1

1

1

*

*

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NON-ECONOMIC PROBLEMS (NET)

83

77

80

81

85

84

82

Dissatisfaction with government/Poor leadership

22

22

25

22

23

20

18

Guns/Gun control

13

*

1

1

5

4

*

Immigration/Illegal aliens

9

15

8

5

6

5

11

Race relations/Racism

7

8

7

8

10

14

12

Unifying the country

5

6

5

8

7

11

8

Ethics/moral/religious/family decline

4

4

2

6

4

3

4

Healthcare

4

7

6

5

9

7

6

Lack of respect for each other

3

3

3

5

4

4

2

Environment/Pollution

3

3

2

3

2

2

3

National security

3

2

2

2

3

2

2

Education

3

3

3

2

3

1

2

Crime/Violence

3

2

3

2

4

4

3

Judicial system/Courts/Laws

2

1

3

3

2

1

2

Wars/War (nonspecific)/Fear of war

2

1

2

2

2

2

2

Poverty/Hunger/Homelessness

2

3

4

2

3

3

2

Situation with North Korea

2

1

2

5

3

5

6

International issues, problems

2

1

4

1

1

3

1

Children’s behavior/Way they are raised

1

*

*

*

--

*

*

Drugs

1

1

3

1

2

1

1

The media

1

1

2

1

2

2

3

Situation with Russia

1

1

*

*

*

*

--

Terrorism

1

1

2

3

5

2

1

Welfare

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Lack of military defense

1

1

*

1

1

*

*

Foreign policy/Foreign aid/Focus overseas

1

*

*

*

1

--

*

School shootings

*

--

--

*

--

*

--

Abortion

*

1

*

*

*

*

*

Elections/Election reform

*

*

*

*

*

1

*

Advancement of Computers/Technology

*

--

1

1

*

--

--

Care for the elderly/Medicare

*

1

*

*

1

*

*

War/conflict between Middle East nations

*

--

--

*

*

*

--

Situation in Iraq/ISIS

*

*

--

*

--

*

*

Energy/Lack of energy sources

*

*

--

*

--

*

--

Social Security

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Gay rights issues

*

--

*

1

--

--

--

Natural disaster response/Relief efforts

--

--

*

*

*

1

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other non-economic

8

6

6

8

5

7

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No opinion

4

4

3

3

4

4

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

126%

122%

122%

121%

129%

132%

124%

 Source: Gallup

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