What The US Population Is Most Concerned About

Tyler Durden's picture

Contrary to ongoing attempts by the administration to refocus the public's attention on such focal points as guns, an imminent external cybersecurity threat (until it was revealed that the biggest cyber terrorist is the NSA itself), and climate change, the three still remain, pardon the pan, at the cold end of the spectrum when it comes to what issues most concern the US public. On the other end, for one decade and counting, the "top priority" for the US public was and continues to be "the economy", stupid.

And since "the stock market" did not have its own separate category, we can only assume that to most American leaders, the economy and stocks continue to be interchangeable, even though as we have shown over the past 5 years, the broader public - also known as the 'retail' investor - has largely shied away from the stock market entirely either because of the realization that it is a rigged casino benefiting a choice group of Wall Street (neither admitted nor denied) criminals, or simply because as the middle class expires, ever fewer Americans have the disposable income to wager on 1,000x forward P/E gambling chips, promises of untold riches by the Fed chair(wo)man notwithstanding.

Some more from Third Way which broke down the numbers sourced from Pew:

Headlines and breaking news may drive news cycles, but according to Pew Research Center polling, the public’s #1 “top priority" has remained steadfast over the past nine years: “Strengthening the U.S. Economy.” Proving that James Carville’s blunt admonishment is as true today as it was back in 1992.

 

To illustrate how other top public priorities have shifted, we’ve created a heat map of 2013 priorities, which you can use to track the public mindset through three presidential elections and the wave midterms of 2010.

The heatmap is shown below. However, since the poll did not account for either Dancing with the Stars, X-Factor, reality TV, or Sunday Night Football, we would take anything shown below with a substantial grain of salt.

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djsmps's picture

A new term was coined today over at the Huffington Post: long-term jobless patriots

 

Serving our country by collecting our benefits and not working.

Eireann go Brach's picture

American Concern # 2, will Obama hire Flavor Flav and Jay Z as his economic advisors in 2014?

Bunga Bunga's picture

Can't it get worse than with Summers?

"The central irony of financial crisis is that while it is caused by too much confidence, too much borrowing and lending and too much spending, it can only be resolved with more confidence, more borrowing and lending, and more spending"

~Lawrence Henry Summers

HoofHearted's picture

But they have some overblown elephant and some dumb ass that is supposed to tell us what the country thinks. I don't fit into either of the red and blue columns. Nobody wants to ask the gorwing third parties' opinions on what matters. And that's why we keep getting people like George the 43rd who is exactly the same as Barack Obama, who gives us the same problems that the previous tyrant did.

drstrangelove73's picture

Disagree 200%.
Barack Obama does not equal George Bush.
Barack Obama = Hugo Chavez.
Same ideology,same results.
If you can't tell the difference in Obama's economic policy and Bush's,between Obama's foreign policy and Bush's,then you aren't paying attention.

El Vaquero's picture

Obama promised:

 

To immediatly pull the troops out of Iraq when he first took office.  It took another 3 years for the official withdrawl.

To end the NSA spying.  He doubled down on it.

To get us towards a balanced budget.  Yeah, that has worked out well.

To close Guantanamo.  It's still open.

To improve education.  LOL.

To create secure borders.  Again, LOL.

To end the writing of legislation behind closed doors and close out corporate interests from writing said legislation.  Crony capitalism is alive and well.  It seems that he doubled down on this from what Bush did too.

To give the Fed greater oversight over TBTF.  LOL.

 

So, no, he's not Bush.  He has either modified Bush's policies, or has simply said "Oh yeah, anything you can do, I can do better!"

ebworthen's picture

Exactly.

Obama's 8 year term will distract and delude over half the population that someone in government cares and is going to change things while behind the curtain the MIC/Corporate/Bankster kleptoligarchy bleeds the assets and rights from a majority of citizens.

The other 40% are deluded that getting Republicrats into government will restore liberty and responsibility.

You can't cure ticks by applying fleas to a patient who has an unseen 30 ft. tapeworm in it's gut.

There is no political solution because the primary movers are untouchables.

Shocker's picture

Economy is #1 again as it should be.

We need a well functioning economy. This economy has problems, and people are starting to understand that

Job Situation: http://www.dailyjobcuts.com

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0b1knob's picture

Is the concern about "guns" about the danger of guns or the danger of people's guns being taken away?

Could be interpreted either way...

Deo vindice's picture

You are correct about guns - the survey doesn't say and the two concerns about guns are almost opposites.

This list of concerns simply shows how many (most?) people don't think critically before they answer. Some of these are closely connected issues, yet they are far apart in their concern ratings.

malikai's picture

This is what concerns me. A computer game, completely written by a computer program, not a programmer. Twisted.

http://watchlist.kotaku.com/a-computer-program-made-a-game-by-itself-well-thats-1494080189/@Stevemarinconz

Shit like this is how you get SkyNet.

willwork4food's picture

I don't know about any other ZH high rollers here, but personally, I'll be happy to keep my house (warm &lit), food on the table.

AND A CAROLINA PANTHER SUPERBOWL WIN !!!! UPSET!!!!! UPSET!!!

worbsid's picture

Looks like they have to get past the 49ers first. 

Al Gorerhythm's picture

I'll repeat repeat myself. It's not the economy, stupid (to highlite an old quote, not a personal attack)! IT"S THE MONEY, DUMMY! (Again, not a personal attack, just one of my old quotes, please don't take offence). It really boils down to that. End FRB. End the Fed. Support quantifiably honest money by demand gold and silver as the measurable honest money of the common man.

NickVegas's picture

Bravo, I've never seen it stated more concise. It's the last statement that troubles. How about this, and I'm just an amateur, divide, delude, denude. Vini vidi vici, divide, delude, denude. Divide is about drone, delude will continue until moral improves, and they are hiding denude, covering it with paper. Based on what I've seen, their modus operandi, I ask you dear reader, what would you do to cover the eventual societal wide discovery that we have been duped. Interesting times indeed.

boogerbently's picture

Only in America

 

 

  1. Only in America ... Could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000.00 a plate campaign fund-raising event.

    9) Only in America ... Could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when they have a black President, a black Attorney General and roughly 20% of the federal workforce is black while only 14% of the population is black. 40+% of all federal entitlements goes to black Americans – 3X the rate that go to whites, 5X the rate that go to Hispanics!

    8) Only in America ... Could they have had the two people most responsible for our tax code, Timothy Geithner (the head of the Treasury Department) and Charles Rangel (who once ran the Ways and Means Committee), BOTH turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher taxes.

    7) Only in America ... Can they have terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and have the media primarily react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash.

    6) Only in America ... Would they make people who want to legally become American citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege, while they discuss letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just 'magically' become American citizens.

    5) Only in America ... Could the people who believe in balancing the budget and sticking by the country's Constitution be thought of as "extremists."

    4) Only in America ... Could you need to present a driver's license to cash a check or buy alcohol, but not to vote.

    3) Only in America ... Could people demand the government investigate whether oil companies are gouging the public because the price of gas went up when the return on equity invested in a major U.S. Oil company (Marathon Oil) is less than half of a company making tennis shoes (Nike).

    2) Only in America ... Could the government collect more tax dollars from the people than any nation in recorded history, still spend a Trillion dollars more than it has per year - for total spending of $7-Million PER MINUTE, and complain that it doesn't have nearly enough money.

    1) Only in America ... Could the rich people - who pay 86% of all income taxes - be accused of not paying their "fair share" by people who don't pay any income taxes at all.

    "To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but morally treasonable to the American public."

    Theodore Roosevelt - 26th US President

Musashi Miyamoto's picture

Expand your horizons,

9) Only in America ... Could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans

Black incarceration rates are 5.8x than Caucasians

http://www.prisonpolicy.org/graphs/raceinc.html

7) Only in America ... Can they have terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and have the media primarily react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash.

You are more likely to die drowning in your bathtub

http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2013-04-28/calm-down-%E2%80%A6-you-...

6) Only in America ... Would they make people who want to legally become American citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege, while they discuss letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just 'magically' become American citizens.

http://www.liveleak.com/browse?q=cartel&sort_by=views

Mexicans are running away from something

4) Only in America ... Could you need to present a driver's license to cash a check or buy alcohol, but not to vote.

Studies suggest that up to 11 percent of American citizens lack such ID

https://www.aclu.org/fighting-voter-suppression

1) Only in America ... Could the rich people - who pay 86% of all income taxes - be accused of not paying their "fair share" by people who don't pay any income taxes at all.

Think QE - 85Billion in subsidies

www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-01-02/biggest-redistribution-wealth-middle-c...

StychoKiller's picture

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4) Only in America ... Could you need to present a driver's license to cash a check or buy alcohol, but not to vote.

Studies suggest that up to 11 percent of American citizens lack such ID

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Colorado at least, issues ID cards that have nothing to do with driving.  There are solutions to this "problem", but the Decepticrats might not be able to get dead people (and other unqualified entities!) to vote for them if they were implemented.

smartstrike's picture

Slow day at the American Heritage Propaganda Institute?

Dr. Destructo's picture

Obama is worse than Bush when it comes to the GWOT and the attack on our civil liberties. Obama is similar to Chavez in how he approaches the political opposition, devaluing the currency,and centralizing power.

But yet Bush, Obama, and Chavez are similar in that they not only did all of the aforementioned actions, but passed something similar to the Enabling Act of 1933, which gave the executive branch powers without consultation of the Reichstag (ours is the Patriot Act, which Obama extended).

Obama is FAR worse than Bush or Hugo Chavez because Hugo Chavez is dead, yet Obama isn't. I'd vote for Hugo in his present state any day of the week.

escargot's picture

Barak Obama = Hugo Chavez?  Seriously?  Different than Bush?

Spoken like a true left/right propaganda sponge.  Obama is a tool of the bankster elite, same as Bush, and 'his' policies are a perfectly predictable extension of the larger ongoing agenda.

Economic policy = let the cartels loot with impunity

Foreign Policy = destabilize nations wherever the cartels deem appropriate

The trifle differences in the details of those policies are incidental and irrelevant.  Liberal/conservative labels are nothing but distractions.  Political debate is a dog-n-pony show for ignorant public consumption.

You're not paying attention.

 

RaceToTheBottom's picture

The wealthy did better under the Obama than they did under the Bush.  And yet republicans want to exchange him out?  How many times do they need to hear that there is really no difference between the parties. 

They both work for other constituents.

Incubus's picture

People aren't concerned with facts, man.

Maintenance of the paradigm is paramount.  If facts don't align with the roleplay, label it as conspiracy theory kooky shit and continue on.

 

We've got football and porn and a part time recovery to support.  It's half time in America, fuckers--and we're coming back stronger than ever!  USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!

 

[insert obligatory photo of American flag-garbed sexy blonde cheerleader here]

StychoKiller's picture

Does she have a rear-end as nice as yer avatar? :>D

Groundhog Day's picture

really?  bush's policies, obama's policies are all their masters policies...corporatist policies.  If you really believe Obama, Bernake et al act alone without puppet strings I have a Bridge you might be interested in buying

satoshi101's picture

GW-BUSH == DAN QUAYLE

OBAMA == UNCLE TOM

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The PUGS put up candidates that are soft and gentle to get woman votes,

The DEMS put up candidates that make it easier to send black/brown men off to whitemens wars.

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It's all a charade, the ELECTED GOVERNMENT is like TRUMAN-SHOW (A MOVIE), the real GUBMINT is ran  by the US-MIL, aka NSA.

 

Al Gorerhythm's picture

Still trapped in the red/blue team divisional trap. eh. It's not the economy, stupid! It's the MONEY, dummy. End fractional Reserve Banking. End the cartel rights if the Federal Reserve Private Bank. End the Fed. Support the constitution by demanding measurably honest money.

AGuy's picture

"AND MOAR MONEY PRINTING!!!"

-Janet Yellen 

doctor10's picture

Larry-

 

That's true only if you're rich enough and  connected enough to be able to deny the reality that the same minds that created the problem aren't capable of the solution.

OutLookingIn's picture

To quote Peter Sellers in 'Being There' -

"I like to watch."

SWRichmond's picture

In that list is the outline of the coming false flag to get people's minds off the failures of the ruling class, namely the economy, unemployment, and budget deficit:

Immigrant Climate Change Terrorists use Guns to attack America's Energy Infrastructure!

 

booboo's picture

Don't worry, they can fix all this "stuff" with a Carbon Tax which despite not having hell or high water they will cram down our throats.

VD's picture

is TERRORISM as per above = our gov¿¿¿ methinks it is in the various meaningz (from fake terror to CIA manufactured fake terror {with real deathz})... sheeple being herded....

Stuck on Zero's picture

That chart is so screwed. Americans are worried about government the most.  Big government wasn't even in the list.

 

cynicalskeptic's picture

'Terrorism' WAS on the list.....   these days they're often they're one and the same

Al Gorerhythm's picture

"American Concern # 2, will Obama hire Flavor Flav and Jay Z as his economic advisors in 2014?"

World concern #1: Obama is actually the leader of the world's only Constitutionally mandated Libertarian government the world has ever witnessed.

America, the land of the free, is now a lost cause. It has been burried by the mass of bureaucracy. If you want it back, it is going to take more than rants on a blog. Good luck with that as more people are dependent upon government existing, than not.

fedupwhiteguy's picture

imo, its gonna take a Pb shower to wash away the entrenched FSA supporters/enablers.

Redhotfill's picture

You mean they aints running da e-con-no-me rights now?

Gankfest's picture

Someones gotta spend your money! :P

doctor10's picture

Nice try. "The Economy" .  The "economy" is consequent to "The Government"

 

HulkHogan's picture

American Concern #1: Paying off the credit card after Christmas.

AlaricBalth's picture

American concern # 2: Will my EBT card be refilled this month.
American concern #3: What's on A&E, Bravo or HBO this week.

Skid Marks's picture

 

 

American Concern #1: titties - bigger is better

ncdirtdigger's picture

big may be 'better', but imo firm is betterer.

Looney's picture

Firm is better? I hear that them titties on ole marble statues are quite firm…  ;-)

Looney

El Vaquero's picture

Fuck your titty opinions.  Same goes ncdirtdigger and Skid Marks. 

 

(Pun intended.)