Economy No Longer Major Issue Among Voters

In 2009, the economy was a major concern to 89% of voters polled by Gallup, the highest percentage since 1991.

In the 19 months that Donald Trump has been President, the economy has made significant increases towards the better, resulting in a record low of only 12% of voters saying it is a major concern.

Gallup began asking voters about the economy back in 1939, but didn’t start scoring the results until 1991.

In the same survey, a significant majority of voters say now is the time to find a good quality and good paying job, due to the record low unemployment figures.

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(Gallup) – A record-low 12% of Americans currently cite some aspect of the economy as the most important problem facing the U.S., down from 17% last month and one percentage point below the previous low of 13% recorded in May 1999. Mentions of the economy as the top problem reached 86% in February 2009, the highest in recent decades.

This latest update is from interviewing conducted Sept. 4-12. Gallup has been asking the classic “most important problem” question since 1939 but did not begin giving a net score for all references to economic issues — including the economy in general, unemployment and inflation — until 1991.

The low number of mentions of economic issues as the nation’s most important problem mirrors Americans’ generally positive attitudes on other economic indicators. In the current September survey, 55% of Americans say the economy is getting better, among the highest proportions saying this since 2004. A near-record-high 64% say now is a good time to find a quality job; workers remain upbeat about their job security; and employee engagement is at record highs.

As the economy has been receding in Americans’ minds as the top problem facing the nation, issues relating to the way the country is being governed have become more prevalent…

Yesterday, I ran a couple of errands in town and it struck me that I saw a lot of evidence of a thriving economy.

There were signs on dozens of businesses advertising that they were hiring, an indication that there are more jobs than workers.

Through most of Obama’s eight years in office, you rarely saw signs indicating that anyone was hiring as there were far more workers than jobs.

Now consider that Democrats are vowing to take all of that away if they regain power.



The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Barb Wire.

R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.
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