A recent Gallup poll revealed that a plurality of Americans view the government as the No. 1 problem facing the country.
Immigration, which was the top concern in July, dropped to second place.
Government is really the top problem?
Gallup asked Americans to name the most important problem facing the United States today.
More than one in five voters (21 percent) told pollsters that dissatisfaction with some facet government or poor leadership was the most important problem the U.S. faces today.
Immigration and illegal aliens came in second at 16 percent. That's a six-point drop from July, when voters said immigration was the leading problem in the country — pushing government out of the top spot. During that time, stories of the separation of illegal alien parents and children dominated headlines as the Trump administration announced it would fully enforce immigration laws.
July has been the only month so far this year that government was not named as the top problem.
In fact, voters named government as the top problem during all of 2017.
And in 2015.
And in 2014.
Government was No. 2 in both 2013 and 2016 — trailing the economy both years.
In January 2017, the month President Donald Trump was sworn in, 11 percent of Americans named the government the top problem. As rancor in Washington, D.C., has increased over the last 19 months, that percentage has increased markedly — hitting a high of 25 percent in both June 2017 and January 2018.
What other issues did voters say were problems?
Race relations and racism came in a distant third at 7 percent, followed by "unifying the country" (6 percent).
Tied at 5 percent were lack of respect for others, health care, and the economy.
"Ethical/moral decline" and unemployment rounded out the list with 4 percent each.