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Republicans and Democrats agree, in part, on the big problems America is facing

Published: Friday, Aug. 22 2014 9:51 p.m. MDT

Updated: Friday, Aug. 22 2014 9:51 p.m. MDT

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Democrats and Republicans have similar concerns about the challenges America is facing, according to Gallup.

Gallup polled Republicans/Republican leaners and Democrats/Democrat leaners to ask them what they thought was the biggest problem facing the country right now. Both parties had the same top five concerns — dysfunctional government, immigration, the economy, unemployment and health care — although the percentages of people concerned were different. For example, 16 percent of Democrats thought America’s biggest problem was dysfunctional government, while 20 percent of Republicans felt the same way.

"Republicans and Democrats, despite being politically opposed to each other, share some common concerns when asked to name the most important problem facing the country,” according to Gallup. But differences are apparent as well. … Democrats tend to place the blame for dysfunctional government on Congress, specifically on the Republican majority in the House of Representatives, while Republicans tend to place the blame on the president and lack of leadership.”

Read the entire poll here.

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