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June 7, 2006

Other priorities

Posted by Phil on June 7, 2006 8:40 AM


As the president and Republicans in Congress spend time this week pushing a constitutional amendment on gay marriage that has absolutely no chance of becoming law, perhaps they ought to take just a moment to check out the latest Gallup Poll.

Gallup asked 1,003 Americans to say -- without any prompting from the pollsters -- what should be the "top priority for the president and Congress to deal with." Here is the complete tally of responses:

Situation in Iraq/war: 42 percent

Fuel/oil prices/lack of energy sources/the energy crisis: 29 percent

Immigration/illegal aliens: 23 percent

Economy in general: 14 percent

Poor healthcare/hospitals; high cost of healthcare: 12 percent

Terrorism: 4 percent

Education/poor education/access to education: 4 percent

Federal budget deficit/federal debt: 3 percent

Unemployment/jobs: 3 percent

Taxes: 3 percent

Social Security: 2 percent

International issues/problems: 2 percent

National security: 2 percent

Environment/pollution: 2 percent

Medicare: 2 percent

Foreign aid/focus overseas: 2 percent

Corruption/dissatisfaction with government/politicians/candidates: 2 percent

Poverty/ hunger/ homelessness: 1 percent

Ethics/moral/religious/family decline: 1 percent

Natural disaster relief/funding: 1 percent

Trade deficit/foreign trade: 1 percent

High cost of living/inflation: 1 percent

Unifying the country: Less than .5 percent

Judicial system/courts/laws: Less than .5 percent

Abortion: Less than .5 percent

Lack of money: Less than .5 percent

Gap between rich and poor: Less than .5 percent

Other: 1 percent

No opinion: 4 percent

Still looking for how many people say "Making a futile push for a constitutional amendment to stop homosexuals from getting married"? So are we.

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