Washington (CNN) - No surprise: It's still all about jobs.
According to a new Gallup poll, 35 percent of Americans say unemployment is the most important problem facing the nation. The 35 percent figure is the highest percentage for those who say jobs is the most pressing issue in Gallup polling since October 1983.
Unemployment tops Gallup polling as the most important problem for the second month in a row, with the economy in general, which had been the most important issue, remaining in second place at 29 percent, and health care in third at 16 percent.
According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey conducted last month, 63 percent of the public said that the economy was extremely important for the president and Congress to deal with, followed by unemployment at 54 percent, and health care reform and the country's massive deficit, each at 52 percent.
The Gallup poll indicates a slight partisan divide, with 41 percent of Democrats saying unemployment's the top issue, followed by the economy in general at 29 percent and health care at 24 percent.
But thirty-two percent of Republicans questioned say the economy in general is the most pressing issue, followed by unemployment at 31 percent and health care at 13 percent.
Thirty-two percent of independent voters questioned say unemployment is the top issue, followed by the economy in general at 27 percent and health care at 13 percent.
The national unemployment rate dropped from 9.4 percent to 9 percent in January, but only 36,000 new jobs were created.
The Gallup poll was conducted February 2-5, with 1,015 national adults questioned by telephone.
The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.
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