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Poll: Concerns Over Government Leadership Surpass Economy For First Time

A recent Gallup Poll revealed that the largest concern among Americans in 2014 was poor government leadership, which topped concern over the economy for the first time in Gallup’s polling history.

The poll, which was published on Friday, found that in 2014, there were four main issues that generated the greatest amount of public concern: government leadership, the economy, unemployment, and healthcare.

According to Gallup, this poll was conducted as a part of the monthly Gallup Poll Social Series, which surveys a random sample of “approximately 1,000 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.”

18% of the Americans surveyed felt that government leadership, related to both President Obama and the Republicans in Congress, was the most important problem in the United States. Complaints about the economy were voiced by 17%, followed by unemployment by 15%, and healthcare by 10%.

Following the top four complaints, 8% of Americans chose immigration, 6% named the federal budget deficit, and 5% listed ethical or moral decline as the largest issues in the country. According to Gallup, this was the “first time since 2001 that no single issue averaged 20% or more for the year.”

Gallup noted that there was uneven attention given to the issues throughout the year, with mentions of unemployment “consistently higher in the first half of 2014 than later in the year,” and mentions of race relations sparking from the average 2% to 13% in December.

Gallup found that, not only was 2014 the “first year since 2007 that the economy was not the top ranking issue,” it was also the “first year ever in Gallup records that dissatisfaction with government topped the list.”

Of the top five issues that most concerned Americans in 2014, the economy and unemployment are significantly less dominant than they were even two years ago,” noted Gallup. “At the same time, concerns about government and immigration have been mounting, while concerns about healthcare have consistently simmered at a moderately high level since 2009.”

Gallup stated that the lack of Americans’ ability to “converge on a single pressing concern” in 2014, the way they had in the past, could have implications on the 2016 presidential elections, and “could make candidates’ task of honing a message for the election more complex.

Will Congressman Justin Amash Lose His Seat In 2014?

Congressman Amash (R-MI), a libertarian leaning republican, is a hero to those who support him. Amash has a spotless record when it comes to core conservative values. In fact, he’s even won awards for his strong votes. Yet, his support of civil liberties and sound economic policy have caused disdain from neoconservatives. Justin Amash

Karl Rove recently attacked Amash on national TV saying that he is far more liberal and votes with Nancy Pelosi more than any other House republican. In fact, the exact inverse is true. Amash votes against Pelosi more than any other House republican.

Regardless, businessman Brian Ellis is expected to formally announce his  campaign against Amash in the coming days. Ellis says that Michigan deserves a more “traditional conservative”. Perhaps he’s referring to the likes of George Bush, Lindsey Graham and John McCain.

Ellis’ campaign bio declares that he is a “fiscal and social conservative Republican who embraces traditional values, limited government, and strong national security.”

Ellis is reportedly well funded. A group of wealthy businessmen within the state are going to be backing him.  Karl Rove’s super PAC, “Conservative Victory Project”, could jump in to support Ellis. After all, Rove has already been misleading the country on where Amash stands, and the super PAC was created specifically to squash tea party/libertarian republicans from winning elections.