Gallup: Americans cite healthcare as second most important problem facing US

U.S. adults most commonly cite dissatisfaction with the government and political leadership as the most important problem in the country, followed by healthcare, immigration and the economy, according to a recent Gallup poll.

The poll found 21 percent of Americans said dissatisfaction with the government and poor leadership is the biggest problem facing the U.S., while 9 percent cited healthcare and 8 percent pointed to immigration and the economy.

Dissatisfaction with the federal government hasn't been higher since October 2013 to January 2014, according to Gallup, after the partial government shutdown. The only other time during Gallup's polling history that Americans were less satisfied with the government was in 1973 and 1974 during the Watergate crisis.

About 4 to 10 percent of Americans have indicated healthcare is the biggest national problem over the past six months as the debate over the fate of the ACA rages on.

Americans' overall satisfaction with the government remains at 32 percent. The rate hasn't exceeded 36 percent since 2005, and the historical average since 1979 is 37 percent, according to Gallup.

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