A new Gallup poll shows that a large majority of Americans are “dissatisfied” with the federal government’s handling of numerous economic-related issues, with 85% of people dissatisfied in particular with the government’s handling of the nation’s finances.
While the poll showed strong satisfaction for government’s management of natural disasters, national parks, and homeland security, for the 19 issues queried about by the poll, Americans were dissatisfied with government’s handling of 13 of them in majorities that ranged from 56% to 85%.
Gallup asked, “Next, we are going to name some major areas the federal government handles. For each one, please say whether you are satisfied or dissatisfied with the work the government is doing.” The results showed the following:
................................................................. Dissatisfied Satisfied
The nation’s finances 85% 14%
Poverty 80% 19%
Labor and unemployment issues 72% 26%
Immigration policy 72% 26%
Job creation, economic growth 71% 27%
Healthcare 70% 29%
Education 65% 33%
Veterans’ issues 58% 38%
Foreign affairs 58% 39%
Energy policy 57% 40%
Public housing 52% 42%
Criminal justice 55% 42%
Environmental issues 56% 42%
Agriculture, farming 43% 49%
Military, national defense 42% 56%
Transportation 38% 57%
Homeland security 41% 57%
National parks, open space 26% 68%
Responding to natural disasters 23% 75%
Concerning the results of the poll, Gallup reported, “Americans are most dissatisfied with areas of government performance related to the economy and economic issues -- some of which affect the average American's household budget in the form of jobs, healthcare, and education. The still somewhat sluggish economy and ballooning federal debt are likely reasons Americans are mostly dissatisfied with the government's handling of the nation's finances and its efforts on job creation and economic growth, and labor and employment issues.”Read More...
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