Economy Top Problem Facing U.S.

The economy, health care, terrorism and the war in Iraq are the top problems facing the United States, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll.

Respondents were asked an open-ended question about the nation’s top problems. Respondents were not given a list of possible answers but gave the answers that came to mind. They were allowed to name more than one problem, so the results could total more than 100 percent.

The poll of 501 adults was taken Jan. 3-5 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

In your opinion, what are the most important problems facing the United States today? What are some other important problems facing the U.S.?

Here are the top 10 issues named in the poll (results from October are in parentheses):

Economy, 25 percent (22)

Health care, 20 percent (21)

Terrorism, 18 percent (18)

War in Iraq, 16 percent (15)

Unemployment, 10 percent (13)

Social Security, 8 percent (2)

Environment, 5 percent (2)

Morality, 4 percent (6)

Political leaders, 2 percent (4)

Energy, 2 percent (2)

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