Democrats and Republicans out of touch with Americans, says new poll

Americans are greatly concerned about federal spending and budget deficits, as well as the size and power of the national government.

The Gallup polling organization released data on March 12 that shows a significant disparity between the policy priorities set by the Democratic Party and the Republican Party on one hand, and the concerns of most Americans on the other. Climate change and illegal immigration, which are apparently at the top of the list for the two parties, are not especially worrisome for most Americans. Only 24 percent of Americans are concerned about climate change, according to Gallup. Nonetheless, climate change is an issue that Senate Dems spent 15 hours in their chamber overnight on March 10. By contrast, 51 percent of Americans say that they are not concerned about climate change at all.

The poll indicated that 31 percent of Americans are greatly worried about the quality of the natural environment. Of those polled, only 33 percent say they are greatly worried about illegal immigration: an issue that fires up both Tea Party types and leftist progressives. Regarding race relations, which is an issue that has been directly and variously tackled by different sectors of the Obama administration, only 17 percent of Americans worry about it a great deal.

Fears about the future course of the economy is the top issue for Americans. Of those polled, 59 percent of Americans say they are greatly worried about the U.S. economy. Also, 58 percent are worried about federal government spending and the national budget deficit. Besides, 57 percent of Americans say they are greatly worried about the affordability of available healthcare. The next two priorities for Americans, according to the poll, are unemployment, as well as the size and power of the federal government.

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