Fewer Americans list immigration, health care as country's top problems after midterms: Gallup

Fewer Americans say immigration and health care are the country’s most pressing problems in the first survey since November’s midterm elections. 

A new Gallup poll shows 16 percent of Americans believe immigration is the nation’s top problem, down from 21 percent in November, and 5 percent say the most important issue is health care, down from 11 percent last month. 


About the same amount of people say the top problem facing the U.S. is some aspect of the federal government, at 19 percent in the new poll compared to 18 percent who said the same in November.

The new poll was conducted from Dec. 3 to 12 as the threat of a partial government shutdown began to loom.

The November poll was conducted shortly before the midterms, when President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE and other Republicans campaigned hard on immigration as a group of thousands of Central American migrants made their way to the U.S.-Mexico border. Democrats at the time also cast themselves as defenders of the Affordable Care Act and health coverage for those with preexisting conditions.

Americans polled are less satisfied now than in November with how the country is doing overall. About 31 percent are currently satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S., compared to 35 percent last month. The drop was largely fueled by Republicans and Independents, while Democrats’ satisfaction held firm at 8 percent. 

The report could have implications for the White House as Trump threatens a government shutdown over border wall funding at a time when the country is less likely to think of immigration as the country’s most significant issue.

Gallup surveyed 1,025 adults in the poll. The poll has a margin of error of 4 percent.