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Washington, April 16, 2017: Americans list their dissatisfaction with the government and political leadership as the top problem in the country, according to a new Gallup poll.

The April 5-9 poll found that 21 percent of Americans think dissatisfaction with government/poor leadership is the most important problem facing the country, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

It was followed by healthcare at 9 per cent, immigration at 8 percent, and economy also at 8 per cent, in the list of top concerns by Americans.

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The current level of dissatisfaction with the government is the highest since October 2013 to January 2014, after the partial government shutdown that October.

The only other period when a higher percentage of Americans cited government as the most important problem was in 1973 and 1974 during the Watergate crisis, according to Gallup.

Perhaps reflecting Americans’ dissatisfaction with government, overall satisfaction with the way things are going in the United States remains low, at 32 per cent, Gallup said.

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Since 2005, Americans’ satisfaction with the government has often not been higher than 36 per cent, Gallup noted.

Americans’ satisfaction with the government now is about triple what it was at its lowest point in recent years, 11 per cent in September 2011.

The low level of Americans’ satisfaction with the government and poor leadership can be attributed to many Americans saying that President Donald Trump is the source of the problem, Gallup said.

“Americans generally do not believe the government is as severe a problem as it was during the government shutdown of 2013-2014, but belief that it is the most important problem is on the rise,” Gallup said.  (IANS)

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Americans Attention Shift From Gun Control

Americans Interest in Gun Control Drops

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A man wears an unloaded pistol during a pro gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Austin, Texas. Gun rights supporters rallied across the United States to counter a recent wave of student-led protests against gun violence. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) VOA

In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, many Americans said gun control was the most important issue facing the country.

That has changed, despite high profile events like school walk outs and the March for Our Lives protests.

A recent Gallup public opinion poll found those who think gun control is the most important issue dropped from 13 percent, a record, to six percent in just one month.

Now, more Americans think dissatisfaction with government (23 percent), immigration (11 percent) and race relations (seven percent) are all more important than gun control.

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Gallup noted gun control interest spikes after shootings, but the “effects have tended to be temporary.”   But the polling organization said interest in the topic of gun control remains “elevated by historical standards,” adding that since 2001, it has been mentioned, on average, by one percent of Americans as the top problem in the U.S.

In the immediate aftermath of the 2012 shooting in Sandy Hook, four percent of Americans said gun control was the top issue, a jump from zero percent.  Gallup said it remained high for a “few months” and even got as high as seven percent, but when Congress did not pass gun control legislation, the percentage of Americans saying gun control as the top issue dropped back to zero.

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, Gallup found Democrats were twice as likely to think gun violence is among the most important issues compared to Republicans by eight to four percent respectively.  Democrats also saw the biggest drop in those saying guns were the top problem, dropping by half in just one month.

The Parkland shooting did spur the House of Representatives to pass “The STOP School Violence Act“, which authorizes $50 million per year to fund initiatives and otheThe Parkland shooting did spur the House of Representatives to pass “The r training aimed at enhancing school safety.  The bill would also provide $25 million to make schools less vulnerable by adding metal detectors, better door locks and response technologies to allow schools to notify law enforcement about emergencies.

The April Gallup poll contacted 1,015 adults, aged 18 and older, in all 50 states and Washington D.C. between April 2-11.  The margin of error is plus or minus four percentage points.  VOA