Only 4 percent of Americans think guns and gun control are an important problem facing the country, according to Gallup, and far more Americans are concerned about the economy, unemployment and the federal debt. In its poll from Apr. 4-7, Gallup surveyed 1,005 adults by telephone and asked, “What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today?” Respondents answered in the following order: Economy in general 24% Unemployment/Jobs 18% Dissatisfaction with Government 16% Federal budget deficit/Federal debt 11% Healthcare 6% Ethical/Moral/Family decline 5% Immigration/Illegal aliens 4% Education 4% Guns/Gun control 4% Situation with North Korea 4% Lack of Money 3% Welfare 2% Lack of respect for each other 2% Poverty/Hunger/Homelessness 2% Foreign aid/Focus overseas 2% Taxes 2% Despite the Obama administration’s strong push for more gun control legislation, few Americans are concerned about the issue. As Gallup reports, “Few Americans mention guns or immigration as the most important problems facing the nation today, despite the current attention lawmakers in Washington are giving to these issues. The economy still dominates as the top concern, followed by jobs and dissatisfaction with the general way in which Congress and the government work.” These data “underscore the prominence of economic issues in Americans’ minds,” said Gallup.
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