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One in Three Americans Think This is the Most Important Issue Facing the U.S.

One issue came out in front of all the others in a new poll released by Bloomberg on Monday morning.

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More than one in three Americans thinks health care is the most important issue facing the U.S. today, according to a poll released by Bloomberg on Monday.

As the Senate nears a vote on its version of an Obamacare replacement, 35 percent of Americans say health care is the most important issue in the country. That’s more than the next three issues – jobs (13 percent), terrorism (11 percent), and immigration (10 percent) – combined.

The full list provided by Bloomberg:

  • Health care: 35 percent
  • Jobs/unemployment: 13 percent
  • Terrorism: 11 percent
  • Immigration: 10 percent
  • Climate change: 10 percent
  • Relationship with Russia: 6 percent
  • Taxes: 4 percent
  • Other: 4 percent
  • Trade: 2 percent
  • None of these: 2 percent
  • Not sure: 2 percent

A few observations from this list:

  • If Americans are measuring President Trump’s performance based on what happens with health care, he’s in bad shape: 64 percent of Americans disapprove of his job with health care (only 28 percent approve). It’s unclear just how the passage of an Obamacare replacement bill would change that.
  • Despite the fever pitch in Washington about Russia, only one in 20 Americans thinks it’s the most important issue facing the country today.
  • Climate change, at 10 percent, has become a more salient issue today than in other recent polls. This trends with Gallup’s tracking, which has “Environment/Pollution” rising from a top concern for two to four percent of Americans to a top concern for six percent of Americans this past month.
  • The Trump administration wants to move to tax reform next, but only one in 20 Americans is most concerned about taxes. However, the Trump team may bring more voters into the fold if they emphasize job creation in their tax reform pitch.

One observation, though, is clear above all: Americans are watching how Washington addresses health care in the coming weeks.