Government Debt Scares People as Much as Terrorism

Gallup released a new poll last night about national priorities, and terrorism and the federal government's debt are neck-and-neck atop the list:


Gallup priorities May25.gif
Note the phrasing of some of these items. "Unemployment," surprisingly, comes in fourth, but it evoked a lot more urgency when NBC/WSJ called it "job creation and economic growth"--it ranked first among national concerns by a solid 15 percentage points (respondents could only choose one issue) in an early May survey.

"The environment, including global warming" ranks low on the list, which may come as a surprise given the massive oil spill in the Gulf. Since the word "energy" wasn't used, it's tough to gauge from this poll how respondents feel about the urgency of energy reform, compared to other issues.
Presented by

Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

A Stop-Motion Tour of New York City

A filmmaker animated hundreds of still photographs to create this Big Apple flip book

Video

The Absurd Psychology of Restaurant Menus

Would people eat healthier if celery was called "cool celery?"

Video

This Japanese Inn Has Been Open For 1,300 Years

It's one of the oldest family businesses in the world.

Video

What Happens Inside a Dying Mind?

Science cannot fully explain near-death experiences.

More in Politics

Just In