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CBS News Poll. March 20-23, 2014. N=1,097 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

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

 
      %      
 

Economy/Jobs

30      
 

Health care

7      
 

Budget

5      
 

President Obama

4      
 

Immigration

3      
 

Education

3      
 

Misc. government issues

3      
 

Religious values

3      
 

Other

37      
 

Unsure/No answer

5      

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. Jan. 4-7, 2014. N=1.487 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.5.

             

"Which of the following do you think should be the most important priority for President Obama and Congress in 2014: the economy, the federal budget deficit, health care, taxes, gun policy, immigration issues, or something else?"

 
      %      
 

The economy

39      
 

The federal budget deficit

23      
 

Health care

16      
 

Immigration issues

5      
 

Taxes

4      
 

Gun policy

3      
 

Something else

9      
 

Unsure

2      

 

CBS News Poll. Nov. 15-18, 2013. N=1,010 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

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

 
      %      
 

Economy/Jobs

31      
 

Health care

15      
 

Budget

7      
 

Partisan politics

5      
 

President Obama

4      
 

Misc. government issues

3      
 

Family values/Moral values

3      
 

Other

28      
 

Unsure/No answer

4      

 

CBS News Poll. Oct. 18-21, 2013. N=1,007 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

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

 
      %      
 

Economy/Jobs

26      
 

Budget

12      
 

Health care

8      
 

Partisan politics

8      
 

Misc. government issues

5      
 

Immigration

3      
 

President Obama

3      
 

Other

33      
 

Unsure/No answer

2      

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Sept. 6-8, 2013. N=1,022 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Which of the following is the most important issue facing the country today? The economy. Health care. The situation in Syria. The federal budget deficit. The environment. Gun policy. Immigration." Options rotated

 
      %      
 

The economy

41      
 

Health care

16      
 

The situation in Syria

15      
 

The federal budget deficit

13      
 

The environment

5      
 

Gun policy

5      
 

Immigration

3      
 

Other (vol.)

1      

 

CBS News Poll. July 18-22, 2013. N=1,036 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Which ONE of the following do you think is the most important thing for Congress to concentrate on right now: the economy, the federal budget deficit, illegal immigration, health care, education, the environment, abortion, or something else?"

 
      %      
 

The economy

40      
 

The federal budget deficit

16      
 

Health care

15      
 

Education

12      
 

Illegal immigration

8      
 

The environment

3      
 

Abortion

2      
 

Something else

3      
 

Unsure/No answer

2      

 

Gallup Poll. June 20-24, 2013. N=2,048 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Looking ahead, what is your greatest worry or concern about the future of the United States?" Open-ended

 
      %      
 

The economy

17      
 

Debt/Deficit/Nation's finances

11      
 

Employment/Jobs

6      
 

Wars/Conflicts in other countries

5      
 

Gov't not working for betterment of the people

4      
 

Health care/Cost of health care

4      
 

Country is getting worse/Won't get better

4      
 

Losing freedom/Civil liberties

4      
 

National security/Defense

3      
 

Government overreach/power

3      
 

Education/Cost of education

3      
 

Other

30      
 

Nothing

3      
 

Unsure

3      

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. May 31-June 4, 2013. N=1,022 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

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

 
      %      
 

Economy/Jobs

34      
 

Budget/National debt

6      
 

Health care

5      
 

Immigration

3      
 

Religious values

3      
 

Partisan politics

3      
 

Big government

3      
 

Values

3      
 

Other

37      
 

Unsure/No answer

3      

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. Jan. 30-Feb. 4, 2013. N=1,772 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.3.

             

"As President Obama prepares to deliver his State of the Union address, please tell me which one of the following issues you are most interested in hearing him address: the economy, the federal budget deficit, health care, gun policy, foreign policy, immigration, or the environment?"

 
      %      
 

The economy

35      
 

The federal budget deficit

20      
 

Gun policy

15      
 

Health care

12      
 

Foreign policy

5      
 

Immigration

4      
 

The environment

3      
 

Unsure

6      

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Jan. 14-15, 2013. N=814 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Which of the following is the most important issue facing the country today? The economy. The federal budget deficit. Health care. Gun policy. Foreign policy. Immigration. The environment." Options rotated

 
      %      
 

The economy

46      
 

The federal budget deficit

23      
 

Health care

14      
 

Gun policy

6      
 

Foreign policy

4      
 

Immigration

3      
 

The environment

2      
 

Other (vol.)

1      

 

Bloomberg National Poll conducted by Selzer & Company. Dec. 7-10, 2012. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Which of the following do you see as the most important issue facing the country right now? Immigration. Health care. The federal deficit. Terrorism. Taxes. The situation in the Middle East. Entitlement spending on Social Security and Medicare. Unemployment and jobs." Options rotated

 
      %      
 

Unemployment and jobs

34      
 

Federal deficit

19      
 

Social Security, Medicare spending

11      
 

Health care

9      
 

Taxes

7      
 

Situation in the Middle East

5      
 

Immigration

4      
 

Terrorism

2      
 

Other (vol.)

3      
 

None of these (vol.)

1      
 

Unsure

5      

 

National Public Radio poll conducted by Democracy Corps (D) and Resurgent Republic (R). Oct. 23-25, 2012. N=1,000 likely voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Which of the following types of issues are most likely to affect your vote for president and Congress this year: economic issues like jobs and unemployment; fiscal issues like taxes, spending, deficits, and debt; social issues like abortion and gay marriage; or national security issues like terrorism, Afghanistan, and Libya?" Options rotated

 
      %      
 

Economic issues

57      
 

Fiscal issues

16      
 

Social issues

14      
 

National security issues

8      
 

None/Other/Unsure

5      

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Sept. 26-30, 2012. N=832 likely voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.4.

             

"There are many important issues in this presidential campaign. When it comes to deciding for whom you will vote for president, which one of the following is the single most important issue in deciding for whom you will vote? The economy. Social issues and values. Social Security and Medicare. Health care. The federal deficit. Foreign policy and the Middle East. Terrorism." If "all": "Well, if you had to choose the most important issue, which would you choose?"

 
      %      
 

The economy

46      
 

Social issues and values

15      
 

Social Security and Medicare

12      
 

Health care

10      
 

The federal deficit

7      
 

Foreign policy and the Middle East

6      
 

Terrorism

1      
 

None/Other (vol.)

1      
 

Unsure

1      

 

Bloomberg National Poll conducted by Selzer & Company. Sept. 21-24, 2012. N=1,007 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Which of the following do you see as the most important issue facing the country right now? Unemployment and jobs. The federal deficit. Health care. Gas prices. The situation in the Middle East. Taxes. Immigration. Terrorism." Options rotated

 
      %      
 

Unemployment and jobs

43      
 

Federal deficit

14      
 

Health care

11      
 

Gas prices

7      
 

Situation in the Middle East

6      
 

Taxes

4      
 

Immigration

3      
 

Terrorism

3      
 

Other (vol.)

4      
 

None of these (vol.)

1      
 

Unsure

4      

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Sept. 8-12, 2012. N=1,170 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"What is the most important issue to you in deciding how you will vote for president this year?" Open-ended

 
      %      
 

Economy and jobs

37      
 

Health care

11      
 

Budget deficit/National debt

4      
 

The President/Barack Obama

4      
 

Education

3      
 

Taxes/IRS

3      
 

Abortion

2      
 

Medicare/Medicaid

2      
 

Women's issues

2      
 

Misc. social issues

2      
 

Other

20      
 

Unsure/No answer

10      

 

CBS News Poll. Aug. 22-26, 2012. N=1,218 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

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

 
      %      
 

Economy/Jobs

50      
 

Budget deficit/National debt

7      
 

Health care

5      
 

Immigration

2      
 

Education

2      
 

War/Peace

2      
 

Politicians/Government

2      
 

Partisan politics

2      
 

Misc. social issues

2      
 

Other

21      
 

Unsure/No answer

5      

 

Pew Research Center. June 7-17, 2012. N=1,563 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

             

"Which ONE of the following issues matters most to you in deciding your vote for president this year: jobs, the budget deficit, health care, Social Security, immigration, or gay marriage?" Options rotated

 
      %      
 

Jobs

35      
 

Budget deficit

23      
 

Health care

19      
 

Social Security

11      
 

Immigration

5      
 

Gay marriage

4      
 

Other (vol.)

2      
 

Unsure

2      

 

CNN/ORC Poll. May 29-31, 2012. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Which of the following is the most important issue facing the country today? The economy. The federal budget deficit. Health care. The situation in Afghanistan. Illegal immigration. Terrorism. Policies toward gays and lesbians." Options rotated

 
      5/29-31/12 3/24-25/12 12/16-18/11  
      % % %  
 

The economy

52 53 57  
 

The federal budget deficit

18 20 16  
 

Health care

14 11 13  
 

Terrorism

5 2 4  
 

Illegal immigration

4 4 5  
 

Afghanistan

3 6 3  
 

Policies toward gays, lesbians

1 2 1  
 

Other (vol.)

2 1 2  
 

Unsure

1 1 -  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. May 17-20, 2012. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"What is the single most important issue in your choice for president?" Open-ended

 
      %      
 

Economy/Jobs

52      
 

Health care/Repeal of Obamacare

7      
 

Morals/Family values

5      
 

Ethics/Honesty/Gov't corruption

4      
 

Other

27      
 

Unsure

4      

 

Reuters/Ipsos Poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. April 12-15, 2012. N=891 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.3.

             

"Which one of these issues would you say is most important when thinking about the current presidential election campaign? Jobs and the economy. Health care. Family values. Leadership. National security. Taxes. Foreign policy. Representing change."

 
      %      
 

Jobs and the economy

53      
 

Health care

14      
 

Family values

9      
 

Leadership

8      
 

National security

5      
 

Taxes

3      
 

Foreign policy

3      
 

Representing change

2      
 

None

1      
 

Unsure

1      

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Feb. 8-13, 2012. N=1,197 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Which one issue would you most like to hear the candidates for president discuss during the 2012 presidential campaign?" Open-ended

 
      %      
 

Economy and jobs

44      
 

Health care

8      
 

Budget deficit/National debt

4      
 

Education

3      
 

Taxes/IRS

3      
 

Immigration

2      
 

Politicians/Government

2      
 

Partisan politics

2      
 

Other

21      
 

Unsure/No answer

11      

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Jan. 12-17, 2012. N=1,154 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"In deciding who you would like to see elected president this year, which one of the following issues will be most important to you: abortion, or the federal budget deficit, or the economy, or health care, or illegal immigration, or something else?" Options rotated

 
      %      
 

Economy

56      
 

Federal budget deficit

15      
 

Health care

14      
 

Illegal immigration

5      
 

Abortion

3      
 

Something else

6      
 

Unsure/No answer

1      

 

Bloomberg National Poll conducted by Selzer & Company. June 17-20, 2011. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Which of the following do you see as the most important issue facing the country right now? Unemployment and jobs. Government spending. The federal deficit. Health care. The war in Afghanistan. Gas prices. Immigration. Taxes."  Options rotated

 
      %      
 

Unemployment and jobs

42      
 

Government spending

17      
 

The federal deficit

13      
 

Health care

10      
 

War in Afghanistan

5      
 

Gas prices

4      
 

Immigration

3      
 

Taxes

1      
 

Other (vol.)

2      
 

Unsure

3      

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). May 15-17, 2011. N=910 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Which one of the following issues do you think the president and Congress should focus
on right now? The economy and jobs. The deficit and government spending. Health care. Terrorism and national security. Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Immigration."
Options rotated

 
      %      
 

Economy and jobs

50      
 

Deficit and government spending

22      
 

Health care

8      
 

Terrorism and national security

5      
 

Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

4      
 

Immigration

2      
 

All (vol.)

7      
 

None/Other (vol.)

1      
 

Unsure

1      

 

Bloomberg National Poll conducted by Selzer & Company. March 4-7, 2011. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Which of the following do you see as the most important issue facing the country right now? Immigration. Health care. The federal deficit and government spending. The war in Afghanistan. Unemployment and jobs."  Options rotated

 
      3/11 12/10    
      % %    
 

Unemployment and jobs

43 50    
 

Federal deficit and spending

29 25    
 

Health care

12 9    
 

War in Afghanistan

7 7    
 

Immigration

3 5    
 

Other (vol.)

4 1    
 

Unsure

2 3    

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Jan. 15-19, 2011. N=1,036 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Which of the following do you think is the most important thing for Congress to concentrate on right now: job creation, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the federal budget deficit, illegal immigration, health care, or something else?"

 
      %      
 

Job creation

43      
 

Health care

18      
 

Federal budget deficit

14      
 

Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

12      
 

Illegal immigration

7      
 

Something else

3      
 

Unsure/No answer

3      

 

CBS News Poll. Nov. 7-10, 2010. N=1,137 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Of all the problems facing this country today, which one do you most want the new Congress to concentrate on first when it begins in January?" Open-ended

 
      %      
 

Economy and jobs

56      
 

Health care

14      
 

Budget deficit/National debt

4      
 

Immigration

2      
 

Education

2      
 

War/Iraq/Afghanistan

2      
 

Taxes/IRS

2      
 

Other

9      
 

Unsure/No answer

9      

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Oct. 28-31, 2010. N=1,140 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Looking ahead, which of the following should be the highest priority for Congress after the election: repealing the new healthcare law, passing a new economic stimulus bill designed to create jobs, cutting federal spending, or extending all the federal income tax cuts enacted during the Bush administration?" Options rotated

 
      %      
 

Passing new stimulus bill

38      
 

Cutting federal spending

24      
 

Repealing health care law

23      
 

Extending all income tax cuts

8      
 

Other (vol.)

4      
 

Unsure

3      

 

Reuters/Ipsos Poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Oct. 28-31, 2010. N=1,075 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"I'd like you to think now about what Congress should focus on next year in 2011. For each issue, please tell me if you think it is crucial, important, or not important for Congress to focus on as a key issue in 2011. . . ."

 
    Crucial Important Not important Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

"Jobs"

 

10/28-31/10

72

25

2

-

 
 

10/7-11/10

65

32

3

1

 
 
 

"The budget deficit"

 

10/28-31/10

57

38

5

1

 
 

10/7-11/10

56

35

7

2

 
 
 

"Health care"

 

10/28-31/10

53

41

6

-

 
 

10/7-11/10

48

43

9

-

 
 
 

"Taxes"

 

10/28-31/10

44

47

7

2

 
 

10/7-11/10

37

52

9

2

 
 
 

"Energy"

 

10/28-31/10

36

53

10

1

 
 

10/7-11/10

30

58

11

2

 
 
 

"The environment"

 

10/28-31/10

31

53

15

1

 
 

10/7-11/10

26

56

17

1

 
 
 

"Afghanistan"

 

10/28-31/10

37

46

13

3

 
 

10/7-11/10

35

44

17

4

 

 

Pew Research Center survey. Oct. 27-30, 2010. N=2,373 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.5.

             

"Of the following six issues, which ONE would you say is MOST important to your vote for Congress this year: the job situation, health care, the deficit, immigration, the situation in Afghanistan, or terrorism?" Options rotated

 
      %      
 

The job situation

39      
 

Health care

25      
 

The deficit

17      
 

Immigration

6      
 

The situation in Afghanistan

5      
 

Terrorism

3      
 

Other (vol.)

2      
 

None of these (vol.)

1      
 

Unsure

3      

 

Bloomberg National Poll conducted by Selzer & Company. Oct. 7-10, 2010. N=721 likely voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.7.

             

"Which of the following do you see as the most important issue facing the country right now: unemployment and jobs, the federal deficit and government spending, health care, the war in Afghanistan, or immigration?" Options rotated

 
      %      
 

Unemployment, jobs

49      
 

Federal deficit, spending

27      
 

Health care

10      
 

War in Afghanistan

7      
 

Immigration

5      
 

Other (vol.)

1      
 

Unsure

1      

 

CBS News Poll. Oct. 1-5, 2010. N=1,129 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

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

 
      %      
 

Economy/Jobs

54      
 

Health care

7      
 

Budget deficit/National debt

3      
 

Immigration

3      
 

Education

2      
 

Moral values/Family values

2      
 

The President/Barack Obama

2      
 

Other

22      
 

Unsure/No answer

5      

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Aug. 27-30, 2010. N=1,021 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"How important will each of the following issues be to your vote for Congress this year? Will it be extremely important, very important, moderately important, or not that important? How about . . . ?"

 
    Extremely
important
Very
important
Moderately
important
Not that
important
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

"The economy"

 

8/27-30/10

62

31

6

1

-

 
 

"Jobs"

 

8/27-30/10

60

32

6

1

-

 
 

"Federal spending"

 

8/27-30/10

51

30

15

3

1

 
 

"Corruption in government"

 

8/27-30/10

51

30

14

4

1

 
 

"Health care"

 

8/27-30/10

49

30

15

5

1

 
 

"Terrorism"

 

8/27-30/10

47

28

17

6

1

 
 

"Immigration"

 

8/27-30/10

38

27

23

11

1

 
 

"The situation in Afghanistan"

 

8/27-30/10

35

33

24

6

2

 
 

"The environment"

 

8/27-30/10

28

32

29

12

-


 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. June 29-30, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"Which ONE of the following do you think is most important for the president to be working on right now? The economy and jobs. The oil spill in the Gulf. The deficit and government spending. Health care. Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Immigration. Terrorism and national security. Taxes." Options rotated

 
      %      
 

Economy and jobs

32      
 

Gulf oil spill

14      
 

Deficit and government spending

12      
 

Health care

6      
 

Iraq and Afghanistan

6      
 

Immigration

4      
 

Terrorism and national security

4      
 

Taxes

1      
 

All (vol.)

20      
 

None/Other (vol.)

1      
 

Unsure

1      

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. June 17-22, 2010. N=1,066 registered voters nationwide.

             

"Thinking ahead to the November 2010 congressional elections, how important will each of the following issues be to your vote for Congress this year? [See below.] Will that be extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not too important to your vote for Congress this year?"

 
    Extremely
important
Very
important
Somewhat
important
Not too
important
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

"The economy"

 

6/17-22/10

52

39

7

2

-

 
 

"The Gulf Coast oil spill"

 

6/17-22/10

45

35

13

6

1

 
 

"The budget deficit"

 

6/17-22/10

44

35

15

5

1

 
 

"Health care"

 

6/17-22/10

42

36

13

7

1

 
 

"Unemployment"

 

6/17-22/10

40

41

14

4

-

 
 

"The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan"

 

6/17-22/10

37

38

17

8

-

 
 

"Dissatisfaction with government"

 

6/17-22/10

37

32

20

9

2

 
 

"Energy policy"

 

6/17-22/10

26

39

24

8

2


 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). June 17-21, 2010. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

             

"Let me list some issues that have been proposed for the federal government to address. Please tell me which one of these items you think should be the top priority for the federal government. Job creation and economic growth. The Gulf Coast oil spill and energy. The deficit and government spending. National security and terrorism. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Health care. Social issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage." If more than one: "Well, if you had to choose just one, which do you think should be the top priority?" Options rotated

 
      %      
 

Job creation and economic growth

33      
 

Gulf Coast oil spill and energy

22      
 

Deficit and government spending

15      
 

National security and terrorism

9      
 

Iraq and Afghanistan

9      
 

Health care

7      
 

Social issues

2      
 

All equally (vol.)

3      

Problems and priorities continued


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