Immigration Education Federal budget deficit Healthcare Jobs Economy Government dissatisfaction 0 5 10 15 20 25% J J M A M F J 1978 72 Inflation 1946 41 Cost of living 1974 73 High cost of living 1958 43 Dealing with Russia 1962 42 Threat of Russia 1950 25 Russia, Communism 1966 43 Vietnam 1970 28 Vietnam 1982 61 Unemployment 2002 24 Economy 2010 32 Economy 2006 28 Iraq 1986 23 Recession International Tension (22) 1994 27 Crime 1990 16 Deficit Economy (10) Drugs (10) Iraq (10) 1998 15 Ethics Government (14) Education (13) Economy (12) Crime (10) 2014 17 Immigration Government (16) Economy (15) Jobs (14) THE CHANGING ISSUES IN 2014 THE MOST IMPORTANT PROBLEM IN THE FALL MID-TERM YEAR* What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today? ( Results in percentages) Q: *2014 results from July. All other years from September or October. Question not asked in summer or fall of 1954. P O L L Gallup poll

SOURCE: Gallup polls from 1946 to 2014. All results among random samples of the U.S. adult population. Gallup has asked the “most important problem” question in a consistent manner over those decades, allowing respondents to provide multiple answers. GRAPHIC: James Smallwood - The Washington Post.