“Current public perceptions of the most important problem facing the country provide additional insight into the looming shutdown. “
A new poll by Gallup illustrates how public opinion on issues like Obamacare and immigration have changed since the midterm elections.
One in 5 American surveyed now say that the federal government is the biggest problem with the country and were more likely to cite the government as problematic than any other issue. Even more interesting, guns sunk to the bottom of the list.
As another potential partial shutdown of the Federal government approaches, government is again mostly likely to be cited by Americans as the most important problem facing the country. However, the current level noting government dissatisfaction is still below the 25% who cited the issue in January of this year, a few weeks prior to the last time the Federal government faced a shutdown. That shutdown ended after three days.
Current public perceptions of the most important problem facing the country provide additional insight into the looming shutdown. President Donald Trump has demanded that Congress fund a border wall and said he would be “proud” to shut down the government over the issue. But Trump is doing so at a time when public perceptions that immigration is the most important issue facing the country have declined. This may indicate less support among Americans for a shutdown over funding for the wall than Trump would have had last month. However, this month’s poll ended on December 12, as a potential standoff on funding for the border wall was evolving, potentially impacting current perceptions.
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