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.”
Immigration has risen to the top of the list when Americans are asked to name the most important problem facing the nation — edging out the government, which has been the top issue each month since January 2017. The 22% of Americans in July who say immigration is the top problem is up from 14% in June and is the highest percentage naming that issue in Gallup’s history of asking the “most important problem” question. The previous high had been 19%.
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.
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