Taking Stock of the People’s Concerns

… I recently spent some time looking at the differences in response to the “most important problem” question by political party. My conclusion: There are remarkable similarities in how Republicans and Democrats look at the world in this context, with just a few exceptions.

The biggest exception to the partisan similarity is the federal budget deficit. Twenty-two percent of Republicans spontaneously mention the deficit as the biggest problem facing the country, as opposed to only 6% of Democrats. [cont.]

Frank Newport, Gallup