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Americans' Biggest Problem in 2015? Government

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The country’s No. 1 problem in the year that just passed was its government, according to a new survey.

The Gallup poll found for the second consecutive year, more Americans identified Uncle Sam as the “most important problem facing the United States” than any other issue. An average of 16 percent of respondents selected government, followed by 13 percent who said the economy, 8 percent who chose unemployment and 8 percent who selected immigration.

In 2013, government was the second most common answer on the year-end biggest problem survey, while it was third in 2011 and 2012. The poll lumped together several elements of the federal government, including President Obama, Congress and federal agencies.

The yearly averages from Gallup’s poll represent the combined results from a total of 12,000 respondents and have a 1 percent margin of error. 

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Eric Katz joined Government Executive in the summer of 2012 after graduating from The George Washington University, where he studied journalism and political science. He has written for his college newspaper and an online political news website and worked in a public affairs office for the Navy’s Military Sealift Command. Most recently, he worked for Financial Times, where he reported on national politics.

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