What’s troubling Americans? Government tops the list according to a new Gallup Poll, as Lydia Saad reports:
In 2014, four issues generated enough public concern over enough months for at least 10% of Americans, on average, to identify each of them as the nation's most important problem. Complaints about government leadership — including President Barack Obama, the Republicans in Congress and general political conflict — led the list, at 18%. This was closely followed by mentions of the economy in general (17%), unemployment or jobs (15%) and healthcare (10%). …
2014 was also the first year since 2007 that the economy was not the top ranking issue, and it was the first year ever in Gallup records that dissatisfaction with government topped the list.
As our elected officials return to Washington, they should keep these results in mind. Most Americans don’t want bigger government. They want better government—and that starts with constitutionally limited government that focuses on its business, not everybody’ else’s.