Voters are dissatisfied with national politics and unhappy with both political parties. The chief reason? Gridlock and the inability of Democrats and Republicans alike to work together. But the lack of progress on other key priorities facing the nation – from the economy to race relations – has also weighed down favorability ratings across the board.

  • Nearly a third of voters say the economy is the top problem facing the country, though more Republicans (37%) are focused on the economy than Democrats (25%) or Independents (29%). Democrats also picked inequality (10%) and healthcare (10%). 
  • While the economy was chosen as the top issue by pluralities of whites and Hispanics, 25% of African Americans said racism was the leading problem facing the country, and 12% said public safety.

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