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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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According to a survey by DuckDuckGo, the US-based privacy-protecting search engine, just over half of US citizens (50.42 per cent) do not know WhatsApp is owned by Facebook.

“We randomly selected 1,297 US adults (not just DuckDuckGo users) who are collectively demographically similar to the general population of US adults and surveyed them on August 16, 2018.

“Half of those who used WhatsApp in the past six months weren’t aware that Facebook owns WhatsApp,” said the survey.

The findings also showed that nearly 60 per cent of those who used Waze in the past six months didn’t know that Google owns Waze.

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Waze is a popular GPS navigation software. It works on smartphones and tablet computers that have GPS support.

“This means that a majority of Americans who are using WhatsApp and/or Waze are doing so without realising that all of their information, whether it be routes, travel time, messages, photos, or location data, is privy to Facebook (for WhatsApp) and Google (for Waze),” said the survey.

According to the survey, the lack of awareness over Facebook and Google’s reach is even more alarming as more and more Americans are looking to take control of their privacy online.

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A previous survey by DuckDuckGo found that 56.9 per cent of American adults were unaware that Facebook owns Instagram and 44.6 per cent did not even know that Google owns YouTube.

Facebook in 2014 acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion. Both WhatsApp co-founders – Brian Acton and Jan Koum – have quit Facebook over data privacy and Facebook’s plans to monetise WhatsApp. (IANS)