Poll: Percent of Americans listing immigration as top concern rises

Poll: Percent of Americans listing immigration as top concern rises
© Greg Nash

The percentage of Americans who say immigration is the most pressing issue facing the country rose in June, according a survey released Tuesday, ranking just below dissatisfaction with government and poor leadership as Americans' top concern.

The Gallup poll reports that 14 percent of Americans think that immigration is the most important problem facing the U.S., up from 10 percent who said the same in May. Nineteen percent said that poor leadership, government incompetence or dysfunction were together the top issue facing the U.S.

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The rise in immigration's perceived importance comes amid a national furor around the separation of families at the border, part of the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy for illegal immigration imposed earlier this year.

Other issues facing the country that scored in the single digits in the poll include race relations (7 percent), guns or gun control (4 percent) and reunifying the country (4 percent.)

The percentage of Americans who listed gun-related issues among their top concerns rose by 1 percent in June, but still remains lower than its previous high earlier in the year.

Twelve percent of poll respondents listed more than one problem, the poll also notes, which is substantially lower than this year's average of 21 percent of poll respondents listing more than one top issue facing the country.

Gallup's poll contacted 1,520 adults between June 1-13, and contains a margin of error of 3 percentage points.