The economy tops Americans' concerns, as it has for several months. Republicans continue to be more likely than Democrats to mention the economy. GOP dissatisfaction outpaces that of Democrats.
Gallup analyst Zac Auter notes that "no single issue" seems to weigh on Americans as a dominant national concern, with no more than 17% naming one issue. Auter writes:
Recently elevated mentions of economic problems in the past three months, tied with broad dissatisfaction with the direction of the country, help to explain the negative flavor of the 2016 election cycle. The candidates are talking less about maintaining the progress that's been made since the recession or about building on successes in domestic policy, and more about correcting significant problems in the labor market, such as wages, immigration, national security and other important areas.