And that means that immigration surpasses Russia as our top problem by an IMMENSE amount.
No one should be surprised that immigration surpasses Russia. Here’s a local story about the crisis that immigration is causing in one county. Where has Russia affected Americans so much, for good or ill?
Gallup reports, “Immigration Surges to Top of Most Important Problem List.”
Mentions of immigration as the nation’s most important problem have averaged 5% over the 17 years Gallup has been asking the question on a monthly basis. When Americans’ naming of immigration as the top problem has exceeded that average by a significant margin, it has reflected real-world events, political attention being paid to the topic, fluctuating salience of other issues and news coverage.
Immigration reached 19% of mentions as the top problem facing the nation in April 2006, as Congress was wrestling with the effort to pass a comprehensive immigration bill and as immigration protests in cities across the country dominated news coverage. Citations of immigration as the top problem rose again in the summer of 2014, as news attention focused on large numbers of immigrants attempting to enter the U.S. from Central America.
Concerns over immigration have spiked again at points over the past two years, reflecting President Donald Trump’s continued focus on illegal immigration, and the administration’s often controversial policies designed to deal with the issue. […]
Now, in Gallup’s July 1-11 update, immigration has risen to the historical high point of 22%, topping the most important problem list for only the second time in Gallup’s history. The other was in July 2014, when waves of minors migrating from Central America crossed the Southern U.S. border.
But what about Russia? It’s not just immigration that seems more important. Many other issues surpass Russia as big problems facing America.
The Daily Caller reports, “Number Of Americans Who Believe Russia Is Biggest Threat ‘Too Small To Represent With A Number.’”
The poll asked about over forty different issues that could affect the country. The number of respondents who said that the “situation with Russia” was the biggest issue facing the country was “literally too small to represent with a number,” according to reporters.
Gallup recently did a poll of what Americans say is the most important problem facing the country. One finding: the percentage of Americans saying “Situation with Russia” is the most important problem is literally too small to represent with a number. https://t.co/1Kzqek9eCb pic.twitter.com/aftMkCqQi1
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) July 17, 2018
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