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The proportion of Americans who feel that immigration is the biggest problem facing the country rose 5 percent in June to 17 percent this month, the highest since 2006, pollster Gallup said Wednesday.
“Immigration now virtually ties ‘dissatisfaction with government,’ at 16 percent, as the primary issue Americans think of when asked to name the country’s top problem,” Gallup said in a statement detailing the results of its latest survey.
In any case, this is not the first time that immigration has become the center of attention for many Americans: the issue was the main concern of 10 percent of the population in 2010 during a time when an Arizona law was in the news, and it took center stage for 15 percent of those surveyed in 2006 when debate was under way in Congress on immigration reform.
When asked what problem they felt was the biggest one facing the country, after immigration, undocumented migrants and dissatisfaction with government, politicians and Congress, 15 percent of those surveyed mentioned the economic situation in general and 14 percent said unemployment.
Gallup surveyed 1,013 randomly selected adults between July 7-10 for the poll, which has an error margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points.