Gallup Poll: Americans Again Name Government The Top Problem In US

Date: January 05, 2016

Government Overreach Tops Economy For Second Consecutive Year

For the second year in a row, a Gallup poll finds Americans believed the top problem facing the country last year was government, topping every other issue including hot button issues such as the economy, unemployment and immigration. The Washington Times said the poll shows 16% of respondents “said some aspect of government – including President Obama, Congress or political conflict – was the country’s top problem,” followed by the economy at 13%, and immigration and unemployment at eight percent each. The survey marked the “second straight year that Americans picked government as the top problem, after the economy was No. 1 for six straight years and Iraq was No. 1 for four straight years before that.” Gallup pollster Lydia Saad pointed out that the survey results contrast with the previous three presidential election cycles when “at least one issue commanded significant public attention in the year prior to the election.”

What This Means For Small Businesses

Small business owners will not be surprised that government tops the list of Americans’ concerns in 2015. At the national level, they saw the Obama Administration produce a record volume of regulations last year, from the EPA’s Waters of the United States and Clean Power Plan rules, to the FCC’s Net Neutrality decision. With the economic recovery faltering as 2016 begins, Washington politicians and bureaucrats should pay heed to Americans’ concerns about how government is impacting their lives and livelihoods rather than focusing on scoring partisan points by adding to government red tape.

Additional Reading

The NFIB recently reported on the record page count of the Federal Register, the official record of regulations published in 2015.

Note: this article is intended to keep small business owners up on the latest news. It does not necessarily represent the policy stances of NFIB.

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