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What keeps us up at night: Economy, gas prices

It’s still the economy, people.Despite signs the economy is improving, a new poll finds Americans are still most worried about – you guessed it – the economy.And when that’s not keeping us up at night, there’s a host of other pocketbook issues to fill our worried minds, the Gallup poll released Wednesday finds.The poll, conducted in early March, found that 71 percent of Americans worry a
The economy remains a key worry for most Americans.
The economy remains a key worry for most Americans.Gallup / Today

It’s still the economy, people.

Despite signs the economy is improving, a new poll finds Americans are still most worried about – you guessed it – the economy.

And when that’s not keeping us up at night, there’s a host of other pocketbook issues to fill our worried minds, the Gallup poll released Wednesday finds.

The poll, conducted in early March, found that 71 percent of Americans worry a great deal about the economy. That’s the same percentage as a year ago and shows that even a dropping unemployment rate and other signs of economic improvement are doing little to ease our concerns about the country’s economic future.

Gas prices, which currently average around $3.90 a gallon, also topped the list of worries, with 65 percent of Americans saying they worry a great deal about pain at the pump.

In addition, 60 percent worry a great deal about the affordability and availability of health insurance, and 55 percent are worried about unemployment.

Other big picture economic issues also appear to be keeping us up at night, including federal spending, the budget deficit and Social Security.

Many more respondents said they worry a fair amount about these issues, leaving only a minority who said they weren’t concerned at all.

Economic issues appeared to be much more of a concern than other social and political issues such as environmental issues, illegal immigration, race relations or the possibility of another terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

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