Though More Optimistic, Americans Are Still Sharply Divided

After a campaign season of unprecedented expense and duration, taming the federal deficit and avoiding the fiscal cliff top the public’s To Do list for President Obama and Congress, the latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll has found.

But in contrast to Washington’s nearly exclusive focus on the budgetary standoff, Americans express almost equal worry about an array of other economic challenges, including the availability of jobs, the quality of education, and the cost of college and health care. [cont.]

Ron Brownstein, National Journal