Interest in economy falling, poll finds

The public is less concerned with economic issues than at any time since 2008, according to a Gallup poll.

The survey finds that 38 percent of adults cite economic issues as the most important problem facing the country, down from more than 70 percent two years ago. 

The results could affect the midterm elections, indicating that voters might not be focused only on the economy. 

When economic issues, such as unemployment and the budget deficit are combined, they are cited more than any other issue. But dissatisfaction with government, cited by 18 percent of adults, outweighs any single economic issue.

Immigration comes in second, at 15 percent. Interest has risen from just 3 percent in May, as the surge of unaccompanied children at the border has drawn attention. The issue has now fallen slightly, from a peak of 17 percent last month.

The "economy in general" ranks next, at 14 percent.

Just 7 percent cite foreign policy as the most important issue, despite the prominence of several overseas crises in the news.

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