Crucial problems in U.S. politics as of 2018

In this 2018 survey, eight percent of respondents stated they think the biggest problem for the United States today is Donald Trump. In fact, most of the important problems mentioned are somehow related to the current POTUS – the most mentioned one being immigration and racism.

A country divided

Since Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, political camps in the United States are deeply divided and global politics is in turmoil; Trump’s job approval ratings are notoriously low, and in fact, they are lower than Reagan’s or Nixon’s averages ever were. Trump’s leadership is controversial at best and his executive orders often cause protests, especially among Democrats and liberals – like the travel ban for Muslims.

On the other side

One of Trump’s main campaign promises was a wall on the border with Mexico in order to keep potential illegal immigrants out and enhance security for American citizens. When he did not get the majority for this plan, he declared a national emergency to force the budget to be allocated, even though the majority of Americans did not support this idea, and it is unclear if the situation at the Mexican border actually warrants it. In fact, the total number of unauthorized immigrants has decreased over the last few years and today, many Americans believe that their country benefits from immigrants and their work .

What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?

Share of respondents
Immigration12%
Race relations/ racism8%
Donald Trump8%
Parties/ gridlock/ divisions in country7%
Economy (general), health care/costs/accessibility6%
Unemployment/ lack of jobs4%
Distribution of wealth / Inequality4%
Education/ schools/ affording education4%
Foreign policy (general)4%
Crime/violence/judicial system3%
Morality/ ethics/ family values3%
Gun control/ too many guns3%
Lack of humanity/ respect3%
Environment/ global warming2%
Dissatisfaction with government/ politics/ corruption2%
Defense/ national security2%
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Source

Release date

June 2018

Region

United States

Survey time period

June 5 to12, 2018

Number of respondents

997 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

Multiple responses were possible.

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