Americans Feel Better About Economy, Now Have Time to Complain More About Government

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Pedestrians walk past the U.S. Capitol building prior to U.S. President Barack Obama's State of the Union address in front of the U.S. Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 28, 2014.
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A new Gallup poll shows that 18 percent of Americans named “dissatisfaction with government” when asked to pick the most important problem facing the country right now. Worries about the economy and health care, on the other hand, have dropped in recent months, which probably has allowed Americans to allot more of their stress budget toward criticizing the people they hold responsible for not fixing all the other problems. However, the belief that the government is a bigger problem than unemployment, immigration, race relations, and terrorism, did not manage to compel many people to the polls last year to show their concern. Only 36 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot during the 2014 election — the lowest midterm turnout in 70 years.