CNN Poll: Economy still number 1 worry
December 23rd, 2011
06:00 AM ET
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CNN Poll: Economy still number 1 worry

(CNN) -The economy is the top concern for Americans, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll released Friday, and half name unemployment as the most important issue related to the economy.

With just three in ten saying things are going well in the country today and 70% saying they are going badly, economic issues are still the main priority for the country this holiday season.

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Fifty-seven percent of the nation says the economy is the most important issue facing the country now, with the deficit listed a distant second at 16%.

When asked to name the country's biggest economic problem, 51% of Americans chose unemployment, and 27% named the deficit as their top economic concern, placing it second, as well.

But as heated debate over a payroll tax cut extensions take center stage in a congressional standoff, the poll indicates only seven percent of Americans list taxes as the most important economic problem in the country.

The CNN poll was conducted by telephone by ORC International from Dec. 16 to Dec. 18, among 1,015 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

- CNN Associate Producer Rebecca Stewart contributed to this report.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Get the GOBP deathcult cowards and their anti-American hidden elite owners our of power and many economic problems will be resolved rather easily. Tight now the "invisible hand" belongs to a thief constantly trying to remove money from our pockets (and doing so far more effectively and insidiously than any government employee could do) and hand it over to the filthy rich. Put an and to that and watch the 99% improve their lives..

    December 23, 2011 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  2. Keith in Austin

    The litany of Obama's failed economic policies will ensure that he is NEVER re-elected no matter how hard he tries to attack, blame others and DIVIDES our Nation throughout his campaign!

    December 23, 2011 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I know that it isn't growing as fast as other countries, but it is moving. I guess the problem is that there is such the divide that has been made obvious it depresses some people.

    December 23, 2011 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  4. Darron R. Brown, M.D.

    President Obama's administration essentially saved us from another great depression brought on by Republican errors. Just look at the unemployment curve and it's timing. We need to give credit where credit is due, regardless of political affiliation.

    December 23, 2011 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  5. JC

    The economy is on the mend thanks to Obama's leadership. 2012 will see a full recovery thanks to him. 4 more years!

    December 23, 2011 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  6. diridi

    takes some time...GOP mess...o.k,

    December 23, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  7. Guest

    It remains all about jobs and if Americans knew the truth regarding just how many jobless 4 years has created, they'd well understand just how hammered our consumer base actually is. The unemployment stats we're fed only represent 12 months. How sad is that? Where did these millions with altered paths end up?

    December 23, 2011 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  8. The Gizmo51

    How come no one asks the candidates how they would address gridlock in congress and restore trust (if there ever was any) in the government? Without gridlock I would hope congress could pass some economic bills that would help create jobs.

    December 23, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  9. Namefor

    Remember out economy was startinh to grow tea party hypocrites came along and slowed everything down. I hope America has learned its leasons about the Republican Party.

    December 23, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  10. David

    Government's inability to recognize the problem will be our downfall. I'm not here to advocate for any individual politician. But I truly believe if ANY other politician wins the Presidency other than Ron Paul, in no more than 10 years, we will be bankrupt, in default, SS will be broke, medicare will be broke, our military will only be a fraction of what it is today, and people will be starving due to no welfare programs. All of our kids will be living just like those in third world countries. And they will thank us for this.

    December 23, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |