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Poll: Economy, jobs top U.S. issues

PRINCETON, N.J., June 10 (UPI) -- The economy and unemployment are the top issues for most U.S. voters, a Gallup poll released Friday indicated.

Men, whites, Republicans, independents and adults who are younger than 65 or have incomes above $30,000 are more likely to name the economy as the top issue, Gallup said. Blacks, the elderly and people with incomes below $30,000 are more concerned about unemployment, while women and Democrats are evenly split.

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The numbers come from a series of polls conducted from January through May, the Gallup Organization said. During that time, a total of 5,149 adults were surveyed by telephone.

While 29 percent named the economy as the most important problem, 26 percent said unemployment and lack of jobs, 13 percent the federal budget deficit, 11 percent government leadership or the lack of it and 10 percent poor healthcare or hospitals. Only 5 percent said education is the top issue, and 4 percent fuel prices or immigration, while hot-button social issues such as abortion, race relations and gay rights were at 1 percent or less.

Republicans, whites and people older than 50 or with incomes of more than $75,000 were more concerned about the deficit. Women, blacks and Democrats were more likely to see healthcare as a major issue.

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The margin of error on the total sample is 2 percentage points.

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