Government Seen As Nation’s Number One Problem for Two Straight Years

Economy in close second, followed by unemployment and immigration


For two years in a row, the federal government was named the number one problem in the United States, according to a report from Gallup. Sixteen percent of Americans said they were dissatisfied with some facet of government, whether it be President Barack Obama, Congress, or political conflict.

Americans named the economy as the nation’s second chief problem, and 34 percent mentioned either inflation, the budget deficit, or unemployment as cause for concern.

In 2015, immigration was one of the top four most cited problems and mentions of terrorism and gun control were also cited as problems.

"Americans were most likely to mention some aspect of the federal government in 2015 when asked to name the country’s top problem," states Gallup. "Even when mentions of terrorism, immigration and gun laws briefly flared, the percentages citing these stayed below the 20% threshold."

"This lack of a prominent public concern provides an interesting setup to the 2016 presidential election," states the article. "Some Americans remain most worried about the economy; others are mainly interested about immigration, and others are divided across a host of domestic policy concerns."

Ali Meyer

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Ali Meyer is a staff writer with the Washington Free Beacon covering economic issues that expose government waste, fraud, and abuse. Prior to the Free Beacon, she was a multimedia reporter with where her work appeared on outlets such as Drudge Report and Fox News. She also interned with the Heritage Foundation and Pacific Research Institute. Her Twitter handle is @DJAliMeyer, and her email address is

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