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US: Most Important Issue (Gallup 8/31-9/2)


Gallup
8/31-9/2/09; 1,026 adults, 4% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Gallup release)

National

What do you think is the most important problems facing this country today?
29% The economy in general
26% Health care
15% Unemployment
10% Dissatisfaction with government
9% Federal budget deficit
8% Iraq war

 

Comments
Bigmike:

I missed the Big Speech. The caps are not an accident. It was mostly over by the time I got in. Homerun or strikeout?

Did anyone else notice they broke the economy into 2 or even 3 parts for this poll question. I personally would consider the economy in general, unemployment, and the deficit to all be The Economy. Do you suppose that was an attempt to get an answer that health care is the biggest problem we have?

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Stillow:

As always, an Obama speech is delivered great! He really is second only to Reagan in his ability to communicate his ideas. The substance was the same stuff....I suspect he will get a temporary jump in approval in the polling which is normal after a big speech....in a couple weeks we will be right back where we are now.

Great speech, same partisan rhetoric. Expect a temporary tick upward in the polls for him, then back to where we are now in 2 or 3 weeks is my take on it.

Side note: Why do liberals in big speeches always talk like conservatives? Obama spoke of self reliance, rugged individualism, a healthy skepticism of g'ment....the guy sounds like Ronald reagan half the time he is speaking....if he only governed by those ideals, I would actually support him.

If I was forced to lay down money on it, I would bet that we do not get a public option in the final bill. Obama set the table for allowing that part to be dropped off which is what most of the fuss is about....in my huumble opinion I give a public option a 10 percent chance of getting int othe final bill.

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JMSTiger:

I can't believe that only 9% think the deficit is the top issue. This country is drowning in debt and so few seem to care. $99 trillion in the hole and sinking deeper every day.

As for the speech, Obama is a master at communication. I am a libertarian type and even I thought the final part of the speech in which he described why liberals like Teddy Kennedy fight for things like universal healthcare was masterful. I agree with Stillow that he will get a bump in the polls because of the speech, but it will only last a week or so.

One other thing, the right needs to understand that they are digging their own graves with some of their behavior. Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina is a borderline idiot. To yell at the President of the United States "You lie!" during a joint session of Congress is beyond stupid. It makes him and Congressional Republicans look like raving loons. The media will now run with this and spend 2-3 days further painting the right and Republicans in general as out of control fanatics, when the focus should have been on Obama's incredibly partisan and combative speech.

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Stillow:

Sure it was pretty stupid for him to call out you lie in that setting....although Obama was lying, ,but it was the wrong setting. I suspect it won't make much difference either way, the lines are already drawn on this issue.

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Aaron_in_TX:

"although Obama was lying,"

Explain the lie.

Illegal immigrants already get health care, although they are not supposed to. What are hospitals supposed to do? Turn them away? The new plan will not cover them officially, but it will be basically like it is now, where they still get emergency care (because they have no other choice).

Illegal immigration is a whole other issue that can't be sufficiently dealt with in health care legislation. My feeling is that Obama wants to tackle that after health care.

I find the anti-immigration wing of the republican party to be its most strident and emotional. That is also going to kill them in the long run, as they continue to demonize the way hispanic people have come to this country for generations. Perhaps if it was easier and less expensive to become an American citizen legitimately, more would do it. That outburst shows that those people have absolutely no class.

Hispanics are the new Irish catholics. Whatever party has a majority of them will have a big advantage.

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Stillow:

To quote Reagan "There you go again"....Which republican is anti immigration? I don't know of any. I know plenty who anti illegal immigration. Even the hard liners like Rush and Hannity constantly promote immigration, but legal immigration. A country cannot survive if it allows tens of millions of illegal immigrants to pour int oits borders....not to mention in this day and age of terrorism, having an unsecure border is pretty stupid. If untrained illegal immigrants can cross the border at will, what do you think highly trained terrorists can do? Hmmmm?

So lets stop with the lies about republicans being anti immigration.

As to the Obama illegal immigrant thing....how many times have we heard him say we have 45-50 million people who need coverage? Well, you only get to that # if you count illegal immigrants........................

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Aaron_in_TX:

"If I was forced to lay down money on it, I would bet that we do not get a public option in the final bill."

On this we agree, Stillow. More and more, I think liberals latched on to the public option irrationally. It's not the holy grail and was never intended to be.

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Stillow:

If you remove the public option, both sides are much much closer to passing soemthing everyone can get behind. I was glad the prez brought up tort reform, though I am not sure he was serious. You cannot have health care reform without tort reform in it....I hope hte prez was serious about doing that....

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Aaron_in_TX:

"Even the hard liners like Rush and Hannity constantly promote immigration, but legal immigration."

http://uncooperativeblogger.wordpress.com/2006/07/25/latino-backlash-in-ga-and-other-law-enforcement-news/

A town in Georgia made taco stands illegal on the streets. Considered in a number of other towns. When I travelled through Alabama, a local newspaper in a medium-sized town reported that the hispanic population in the school system had doubled in the last 4 years; letters to the editor were freaking out about it. You tell me that's not directed at a certain group, illegal or not. I saw the same anxiousness in New England towns too, so it's not just the south.

Do you know how hard it is to actually legally immigrate to the U.S. I grew up on the border. I know exactly how hard it is. If you are not middle class (and why would you leave your country if you are?), it is difficult. There are tough restrictions; if you don't already have connections on the U.S. side it is close to impossible. All these "illegal" immigrants want to do is work and make a better life for their children. There are many successful hispanic people in America today because their parents or grandparents came here "illegally." You go on telling them that they were bad people, law breakers.

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Aaron_in_TX:

Just look at the difficulties people have when they marry a foriegn person. It can take the better part of a decade to get citizenship for your spouse.

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Stillow:

What are you talking about? I still don't know of anyone who opposed legal immigration. I know a little soemthing about this since I am MARRIED to a full blooded hispanic and have two kids!!!!!!!!!! The problem is illegal immigration, you can't have that. It needs to be somewhat difficult to immigrate here, we only have so much resources and can only abosrb so much population growth so fast.

Immigration must be orderly and somewhat restrained. I, like most conservatives could care less what you look like or where you are from, I care about your character. I am a very conservative guy, my family is very conservative and absolutely no one had an issue with me marrying a hispanic woman and have two kids. It didn't occur to anyone to judge her based on her race....most people do not look at it that way.

Orderly immigration policy must be the key, illegal immigration hast to stop. We shoudl help some of these other countires improve there own economic systems so that there native lands can offer opportunity for them as American does.

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lat:

Stillow,

I read your comments often and it amazes me how out of touch you are. You live in the past and your lunatic party lives there with you. Wake up to the fact that you lost 6-1 among non-white voters. Here is a newsflash if the GOP cannot improve this margin substantially your party will not win a national election for years to come. I know you are yearning for the days of Reagan when people could sit in their white enclaves and keep "them" out of the neighborhood, but again those days are long gone. Now your pathetic party has become the party of evangelical nutjobs, white southerners with tobacco stained teeth, angry white morons, and a few rich people.I take heart in the fact that Obama won the wealthiest americans by almost 10 points and won people with post graduate degrees by 20 points. Maybe you ought to think twice before having nominees that might as well profess to having a personal conversation with Jesus (Sarah Palin). Good luck for your party sure as hell is going to need it.

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bigfoot9p6:

Stillow,
you said: I still don't know of anyone who opposed legal immigration.

Tom Tancredo absolutely ran on that platform during the republican primary. lat is absolutely right you keep up the "white party" thing and see how that goes for you. I read an article by Jay Cost on RCP the other day talking about doom for the democratic party because old people disapprove of obama. Old people! The republican party is dying daily and being replaced by young energetic democrats. You are screwed.

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Stillow:

@lat

You are a racist idiot...

@bigfoot9p6

Clearly you have no understanding of poltical parties. Everytime power shifts there are death rumors of the other party. After FDR won in 1932 it was thought then antoher republican would never win. After Nixon killed mcgovern in 1972 it was thought the Dems are dead....after 1984 it was beleived the GOp had a permanant electoral majoirty....after 1992 and clintons victory it was thought that the GOP had run its course and couldn't win again nationally....

So here we go again. If you guys want aone party system, by all means do what you feel you need to do. he GOp simply has a leadership void at the moment. The Dems had one too after 2000....parties have gone in cycles for 200 years....you think thats suddenly just goign to stop? Because you Dems want it to?

Look at NJ for example, as deep blue as it is, chances are a republican is going to win the highest office in that state. Take the state of LA, a highly conservative state elected an Indian-American to occupy there highest elected office? I suppose those evil white conservative rednecks are all color blind and thought Jindal was white?

Its ideaology and vision that detemrines a party's success...its having good leaders and people who can articulate that vision. Right now the Dems have a leader like that in Obama...the GOP does not. Bush carried 44 percent of the hispanic vote in 2004, only 4 years ago....that is not bad at all...you dems always break things down into race, that in itself is racist. The GOP has a black man as the leader of there national party....again, I suppose those evil right wing racists thought he was whtie too?

I'm sorry, but you ugys are racists by assuming non whites will always vote for a democrat. They will vote for who gives the best vision for America. And as we have seen for 200 years, that goes back and forth....you dems have delusions of conquest.....it will be short lived.

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Bigmike:

lat

Not sure if I qualify as either a white southerner with tobacco stained teeth or an angry white moron. I am pretty sure I am neither rich nor evangelical. Thanks for your good wishes on our future political fortunes.

I didn't realize this thread was all about immigration. I guess I missed it on the list in the question in question.

I still maintain that the economy is a bigger worry than health care by a 2-1 margin. 53% responded in way way or another that the economy is the biggest issue (29+15+9) vs 26% who thought health care is.

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