Gallup poll: Washington talks guns, immigration; Americans say focus on anything else

Published: Thursday, May 9 2013 8:58 a.m. MDT

Associated Press
The recent battle over gun control legislation claimed the attention of citizens and politicians alike for months following the shootings at Newtown, Conn., but the latest Gallup priority poll shows that Americans think jobs, not guns, should be the government's highest priority. In fact, guns don't even make the top 10 of the priorities polled.

The twelve priority issues polled by Gallup, in random order, included creating more jobs, helping the economy grow, making government work more efficiently, improving the quality of education received by American schoolchildren, addressing the financial problems with Social Security and Medicare, reducing the cost of health care, reducing the federal deficit, improving access to health care, reducing poverty and inequality, reforming the tax code, reducing gun violence and reforming immigration.

While Republicans and Democrats agreed on the importance of some of these issues, other issues like access to health care, immigration and reducing gun violence showed splits along party lines.

Here's a look at the top 12 issues that matter most to Americans and where the country currently stands on each of them.

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Saint George, UT

Reducing gun violence and gun "control" are two completely different issues. Why do they always lump them together? Why don't they also call the desire to stop drunk driving "car control"?

Idaho Falls, ID

We are on the verge of Obamacare forcing a great number of people to take second jobs when their primary source of income reduces them to 29 hours per week and many others out of work altogether, jobs are stagnant with the government playing numbers games to say unemployment is down to 7.5% in spite of 6 million fewer in the workforce since 2008 (who would work if work were available), and businesses don't dare invest in the economy because of uncertainty of how much money they will need to reserve for an additional tax burden the president and Harry Reid are begging for. Of course Americans want Washington to focus on anything but guns and immigration.

Boise, ID

Gun violence is DOWN by 39% and so the gun control "debate" is moot. This tactic is only about getting power. The only goal is to scare people into voting Democrat by making stuff up and selling it to low information voters as fact. Democrats are pushing pure fiction.

Sandy, UT

The evidence is consistent: The more government and the more government meddling a society has, the lower the overall standard of living, the more ACTUAL insecurity is experienced, and the more reason people have for real concern regarding the future. Government doesn't usually solve problems--it complicates them, compounds them, and subsidizes them. Until we focus on getting government out of the things it shouldn't be involved in (micromanaging and manipulation), and back to doing what it SHOULD do (like curtailing the invasion of this homeland)--the national problems will continue to compound. Also, until we start getting serious about spending and the nearly $17,000,000,000,000 immediate and official Federal deficit, government has no business messing with every finite and minute detail of our lives.

South Jordan, UT


Where'd you get the number that gun violence is down 39%? Maybe since before the Brady Act was passed in 1994. Since it was gutted and then expired, gun homicides have increased from 9000's in the late 1990's to 11000's last year. Using MATH, that is a more than 20% increase.

...and to the author, the same Gallup polling organization showed that the majority of Americans had favored the passage of increased background checks.

Maybe what we are all sick of is politicians who don't really care what their constituents want because they're too busy listening to some lobby.

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