Republicans and Democrats agree, in part, on the big problems America is facing

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Published: Fri, Aug. 22, 2014, 2:30 p.m. MDT

 President Barack Obama and former president George W. Bush talk in the White House.

President Barack Obama and former president George W. Bush talk in the White House.

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Democrats and Republicans have similar concerns about the challenges America is facing, according to Gallup.

Gallup polled Republicans/Republican leaners and Democrats/Democrat leaners to ask them what they thought was the biggest problem facing the country right now. Both parties had the same top five concerns — dysfunctional government, immigration, the economy, unemployment and health care — although the percentages of people concerned were different. For example, 16 percent of Democrats thought America’s biggest problem was dysfunctional government, while 20 percent of Republicans felt the same way.

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"Republicans and Democrats, despite being politically opposed to each other, share some common concerns when asked to name the most important problem facing the country,” according to Gallup. But differences are apparent as well. … Democrats tend to place the blame for dysfunctional government on Congress, specifically on the Republican majority in the House of Representatives, while Republicans tend to place the blame on the president and lack of leadership.”

Read the entire poll here.

1. FT
salt lake city, UT,
Aug. 22, 2014

Wow, healthcare is only the 5th concern among Republicans. Seems Obamacare is something they are caring less and less about everyday. When, if, they reassume power what's the chance of them repealing if millions of Americans lose their healthcare? Looks like Republicans are losing their backbone on the issue.

2. Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah,
Aug. 22, 2014

It seems like Republicans have read the Constitution which contains no mention of personal welfare. Good for them! Just because some people like to stick their hands into the "cookie jar" (the pockets of others) doesn't mean that politicians should throw out the Constitution to save their seats in Washington.

3. John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT,
Aug. 22, 2014

Mike Richards is absolutely correct. Every one of the five listed problems has the same root cause: the entitlement mentality that has infected so much of the public. The difference between the two parties is that the Republicans acknowledge this irrefutable fact, while the Democrats seek to keep it hidden.

4. george of the jungle
goshen, UT,
Aug. 22, 2014

I think that The wave of baby boomers that are getting older, Their children ain't having family's Which means nobody is spending any money. I don't know about them but if the dollar is devalued to one cent for ten dollars That could be a factor for all the problems.

5. BYUalum
South Jordan, UT,
Aug. 22, 2014

"The buck stops here" is demonstrated by the complete lack of leadership at the top. Most of us are concerned about all five areas plus others not mentioned, the national defense of our country for one, plus all of the scandals: IRS, Benghazi, etc. The Missouri incident two weeks ago has completely overshadowed the huge immigration crisis at the border by the media. As HRC said, "Never let a good crisis go to waste."

BHO 2008: "We will fundamentally change the United States of America." I saw it then and lived to see and realize it now, unfortunately!

God bless America!