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TOP PRIORITIES

From a new Gallup poll, taken May 22-24, with results from an identical poll taken April 10-13 for comparison.  The question was: “What one or two issues should be top priorities for the president and Congress to deal with at this time?”

                                                            May       April

Situation in Iraq/war                                  42        29

Fuel/oil prices/lack of energy sources/

the energy crisis                                       29        13

Immigration/illegal aliens                           23        20

Economy in general                                  14        14

Poor health care/hospitals; high cost    

of health care                                           12          9

Terrorism                                                   4          3

Education/poor education/access    

to education                                               4          4

Federal budget deficit/federal debt               3          3

Unemployment/jobs                                    3          3

Taxes                                                        3          2

Social Security                                           2          2

International issues/problems                       2          2

National security                                         2          5

Environment/pollution                                  2          1

Medicare                                                    2          2

Foreign aid/focus overseas                          2          2

Poor leadership/corruption/dissatisfaction

with government/Congress/politicians/

candidates                                                 2          1

Poverty/hunger/homelessness                     1          1

Ethics/moral/religious/family decline;

dishonesty; lack of integrity                         1          1

Natural disaster relief/funding                       1          *

Trade deficit/foreign trade                            1          *

High cost of living/inflation                           1          1

Unifying the country                                     *          1

Judicial system/courts/laws                          *          1

Abortion                                                      *          1

Lack of money                                            *          1

Gap between rich and poor                           *          1

Other                                                         1          2

No opinion                                                  4          3

Percentages add to more than 100% due to multiple responses.

Byron York is a former White House correspondent for National Review.

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