Twenty percent name the economy as the foremost problem in an Associated Press-Ipsos poll released Friday, virtually tying the 21% who cited the Iraq war. In October, the last time the survey posed the open-ended question about the country's top issue, the war came out on top by a 2-1 majority. About equal proportions of Republicans, Democrats and independents in the new poll said the economy was their major worry, suggesting the issue looms as a potent one in both parties' presidential contests. It was also cited evenly across all levels of income, underscoring the variety of economic problems the country faces.

SOURCE: Associated Press