“If,” Ed Morrissey writes, surveying today’s Gallup poll asking about Americans’ concerns on 14 issues, “Democrats expect to win independent support, they had better take budget issues more seriously, as well as start looking for ways to promote real economic growth.” Our top concerns are the economy and federal spending:
Nearly three in four Americans (71%) say they worry about the economy “a great deal,” more than worry about 13 other issues Gallup measured in a March 3-6 poll. Nearly two in three (64%) worry a great deal about federal spending and the budget deficit. Americans show the least anxiety about race relations — the only issue about which the majority is “only a little” or “not at all” concerned.
With gas prices hitting new highs, with many stations in Los Angeles selling a gallon of regular for over $4, it is no wonder that “The availability and affordability of energy is the only issue about which Americans have grown significantly more worried since last year, from 38% to 46%. The current level of concern about this is similar to what it was from 2006 to 2008.”
In both of those years, the party out of power made significant gains at the ballot box. Going through Gallup’s Morrissey also found greater common ground between Republicans and independents on top issues:
In Gallup’s survey, Democrats ranked health care (69%) above the economy (64%), and the federal budget and deficit don’t even rate a majority concern. Independents and Republicans share the economy and budget as the top two issues, although the GOP puts federal spending/deficit above the economy while independents have those reversed.