The Top Five Challenges Obama Faces

As the winner of Tuesday’s presidential election, Barack Obama may have celebrated a hard-won victory last night, but the president must now turn his attention to solving the formidable problems facing the nation.

According to an October Gallup poll, “the economy in general” ranks no. 1 on Gallup’s “most important problem” list. The other top issues, in order of how frequently Americans mention them, are unemployment, the federal budget deficit, dissatisfaction with government, and healthcare. While none of these issues will likely be easy to fix, Gallup data provide U.S. leaders with insights on the public’s views on each issue. [cont.]

Andrew Dugan, Gallup