Economics, government, and immigration are named as the biggest headaches for Americans in February, according to a poll conducted by Gallup. Gallup surveys more than 1,000 American adults on the biggest problem facing the country. Other issues that made the list include unemployment, national security, terrorism, federal budget deficit, and poor healthcare. Gallup staffer Rebecca Riffkin explores the data and ties party affiliation to people's perceptions of challenge areas. Riffkin writes,
"While the economy in general ranked as a top issue among Republicans, independents and Democrats, partisans differ in what else they perceive to be most important. Republicans are more likely than Democrats and independents to name the federal budget deficit, immigration and national security. Democrats and independents are more likely than Republicans to name unemployment or jobs as most important. Democrats are also slightly more likely than independents and Republicans to name race relations, education and healthcare.
The economy and unemployment are again prominent in Americans' minds as important problems, while noneconomic issues such as terrorism have faded. This could be important to Washington lawmakers as they attempt to agree on the next budget. President Barack Obama presented Congress with a budget outline, but Republican congressional leaders immediately rejected it."