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Only 6 Percent of Americans Call Deficit Most Important Problem

What the American people are most concerned about are jobs and the economy. What the American people are only barely concerned about is the federal budget deficit. From Gallup:

What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today? [OPEN-ENDED] November 2011 results

An overwhelming 66 percent of the country thinks unemployment or the economy is the most important problem facing the country right now. That compares to the mere 6 percent that thinks our top problem is the deficit. That is an amazing 11 to one ratio.

The American people’s concern over the deficit has been dropping steadily since August and now barely even registers in the poll.

Yet the only thing Congress is still talking about is deficit reduction and the Super Committee meant to cut the deficit. Given this incredible disconnect, it’s hardly surprising that Congress’ job approval rating is at historic lows.

This is a reminder that President Obama’s decision in 2010 to pivot to the deficit was not just a terrible policy decision; it was also a really bad political move.

 

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Only 6 Percent of Americans Call Deficit Most Important Problem

What the American people are most concerned about are jobs and the economy. What the American people are only barely concerned about is the federal budget deficit. From Gallup:

What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today? [OPEN-ENDED] November 2011 results

An overwhelming 66 percent of the country thinks unemployment or the economy  is the most important problem facing the country right now. That compares to the mere 6 percent that thinks our top problem is the deficit. That is an amazing 11 to one ratio.

The American people’s concern over the deficit has been dropping steadily since August and now barely even registers in the poll.

Yet the only thing Congress is still talking about is deficit reduction and the Super Committee meant to cut the deficit. Given this incredible disconnect, it’s hardly surprising that Congress’ job approval rating is at historic lows.

This is a reminder that President Obama’s decision in 2010 to pivot to the deficit was not just  a terrible policy decision; it was also a really bad political move.

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com