Job creation and reducing corruption in federal government should be the top priorities for the next president, according to Americans surveyed in a new Gallup poll.
Asked to rate a dozen issues, 92 percent said that “creating good jobs” was extremely or very important, followed by reducing government corruption (87 percent), reducing the federal budget deficit and dealing with terrorism and other international threats (both 86 percent), and ensuring the long-term stability of Social Security and Medicare (85 percent).
Rounding out the top ten presidential priorities were improving the nation’s public schools (83 percent), setting high moral standards for the nation and overcoming political gridlock in Washington (both 76 percent), making healthcare available and affordable (74 percent) and making a college education available and affordable (69 percent).
Ranked at the bottom was increasing taxes on wealthy Americans (49 percent).
Among supporters of President Barack Obama, the most important issues are healthcare (50 percent vs. 21 percent of Romney supporters), Social Security and Medicare (48 percent vs. 32 percent), public schools (48 percent vs. 32 percent) and ending government corruption (46 percent vs. 45 percent).
Mitt Romney supporters place a higher emphasis on reducing the federal budget deficit (51 percent vs. 37 percent of Obama supporters), dealing with terrorism (45 percent vs. 42 percent) and, setting high moral standards (39 percent vs. 35 percent). Supporters of both candidates place place an equal importance on job creation (48 percent).
The economy is by far the issue of most importance to respondents of a Millionaire Corner survey about the issues they consider to be most important when they cast their ballot in November. Forty-five percent ranked this issue first, while 13 percent said the national debt.
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
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