WASHINGTON, D.C. - Americans say the government (leadership, corruption, abuse of power), immigration, and the economy in general are the most important problems currently facing the country.
Twelve percent mention jobs or unemployment as the top problem, down from earlier this year. Many more Americans now mention a non-economic issue -- such as dissatisfaction with government, immigration, or ethical and moral decline -- than an economic one as the top problem.
Americans have shifted their focus more to non-economic issues as the most important U.S. problem since May 2013. That trend continues this month. With the midterm congressional elections approaching, candidates would be wise to pay attention to these shifting priorities.