By The Numbers: Congress Doesn’t Care What Americans Want, Need Or Believe


A recent open-ended national poll conducted by Gallup indicates that the average American is less likely to care about issues recently mired in Congressional controversy such as gun control and immigration than the mainstream media and Beltline punditry would have you believe. Instead, Americans want lawmakers to do something about the economy, unemployment and legislative incompetence — issues that bureaucrats are notoriously inept in tackling.

Gallup asked a random sample of 1,005 Americans contacted by telephone the following question: “What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?”

Here are the results:

Economy in general24 percent
Unemployment/Jobs18 percent
Dissatisfaction with Government16 percent
Federal budget deficit/Federal debt11 percent
Healthcare6 percent
Ethical/Moral/Family decline5 percent
Immigration/Illegal aliens4 percent
Education4 percent
Guns/Gun control4 percent
Situation with North Korea4 percent
Lack of Money3 percent
Welfare2 percent
Lack of respect for each other2 percent
Poverty/Hunger/Homelessness2 percent
Foreign aid/Focus overseas2 percent
Taxes2 percent

Despite media saturation on gun control and immigration in recent months, the polling data indicate that the hierarchy of American concerns has remained relatively unchanged since February. In previous years’ polling data, gun control failed to even register a mention.

Unfortunately, Gallup’s numbers are unsurprising and the general public’s concerns for the Nation are often very different from the legislative agenda of the elected class.

The numbers do, however, indicate good news for Americans pushing to change the status quo in Washington. The only issues mentioned over 10 percent of the time are, incidentally, heavily underscored by advocates for the emergence of a new libertarian-leaning Republican Party. Responsible fiscal policy and smaller government appear to be the main wishes for most Americans as attempts at social engineering — key to the legislative agendas of mainstream Republicans and Democrats alike — continue to fall out of favor with American voters on both sides of the ideological divide.

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Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • Warrior

    I would like to see this question asked of the 535 and see the results. Better yet, I would really like to see each ones answer. Go ahead Scott, ask it. Let’s see what “they’re” thinking. Yep, you may also include the scotus, potus and plugs.

  • Vigilant

    I’m afraid Mr. Rolley fails to realize that when less than a quarter of Americans are concerned about the economy, fiscal responsibility and the size of government, that’s not “good news.” On the contrary, it’s a very bleak outook that paints the vast majority of Americans as contented with the status quo. Those numbers don’t serve to elect true reformers.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      Vigilant, what is a true reformer as opposed to a false reformer? We keep falling into the trap that is dug for us, that the politicians are out to do us good. We have heard enough of the promises of the politicians across all state lines and even what the politicians promise across the whole world. So why are we still without solutions or is it that that the politicians keep creating bigger problems for us so they can continue telling us that they are doing us good.

      • bigdave46

        el correcto Nad ! GOVERNMENT(especially leftist/communist/democrat !!) DESTROYS BUSINESSES through : 1) taxes 2) imposed regulations(not based on scientific fact, but pure computer models and academic’s FEEEEEELINGS!!) 3) Imposition of a second layer of government and taxes…UNIONS! When Ross Perot was running against SLICK WILLY, he said, and borne out to be TRUE(!!!)…. ” ELECT CLINTON AND THE HUGE SUCKING SOUND YOU WILL HEAR IS 10,000,000 LEAVING THE COUNTRY”! Truer words never spoken…and the idiot left wants to blame Reagan of all people !!!

        • Irish1025

          President Reagan Was The Best! The lib’s can only dream of a President as legendary as Reagan!

  • peter

    An important summary article. I agree that the people in Washington, DC do not represent us. How is it that Mr. Obama states 90% of the citizens want gun control; however, the Gallup Poll numbers do not support the claim. Washington DC – as an entity – works for control of our collective lives. I shall not concent.

    • chocopot

      May I point out that the issue is not ‘gun control’ but rather more gun control? In fact, there are now more than 22,000 local, state, and federal gun control laws on the books, and the geniuses in DC want to add more. The fact that every last one of them is unconstitutional seems to be of absolutely no concern to our elected officials. The goal is to disarm all of us, as some of the idiots in DC have let slip during careless moments. After all, it’s very hard to create and maintain a totalitarian dictatorship with 80 or 90 million armed citizens.

      • Irish1025

        This is exactly why Washington is afraid they know we out number them,There is strength in numbers! molon labe!

        • chocopot

          Amen to that!

    • Doc Sarvis

      The Gallup Poll does NOT say that Americans don’t want gun control, it says that gun control is not the top issue our country faces. These are VERY different statements. You must understand that the wording of the questions is just as important as the answer(s) given.

      • bigdave46

        everything in America is rigged. especially GOVERNMENT, VOTING MACHINES, MEDIA AND BRAINWASHING HOLLYWOOD.

  • Doc Sarvis

    Mr. Rolley fails to appreciate the question asked in the poll. The question is what do American’s feel is the MOST important issue. That does NOT mean that most American’s feel the items later on the list are not important. Understanding the question is elementary and vital to evaluating the results.

    • independent thinker

      Doc you are wrong the issues most important to the people are what those who are supposed to represent us should address first. The 4 issues mentioned over 10 percent of the time should receive the bulk of the attention from congress. Those 12 issues mentioned from 2-6% of the time should receive much less attention. After the most important issues are addressed properly then the next issues in importance to the people should receive the most attention.

      • Doc Sarvis

        So if Congress addresses the economy and unemployment and never gets to – say healthcare; not because it isn’t important but because they only address what issue bubbles to the top at any one time, you are fine with that?
        NO. ALL of these are important issues! The question was what is the MOST important. You talk like you can’t expect our elected leaders to deal with multiple important issues in any session of Congress.

        • independent thinker

          Doc you obviously have reading and comprehension problems. I did NOT say the most important (to the people) items should receive ALL the attention I said they should receive the most attention then congress should give the most attention to the next most important (to the people) issues.

          • Doc Sarvis

            The people I vote for higher office have the ability and desire to address ALL important issues. Perhaps our Conservative representatives don’t have that intellectual capacity.

    • bigdave46

      you can get any answer you want by simply designing the question to obtain the desired response. “you DO want GUN CONTROL NOW don’t you !”. kinda easy aint it.

    • Michael Shreve

      AND our “representatives” concentrate on NONE of the major concerns.

  • empty pockets

    Proving the complete disconnect between our so-called representatives and the people they CLAIM to represent.
    I wonder…what color IS the sky in their world?

    • Doc Sarvis

      Proving the complete disconnect between the poll results (and question) and the conclusion drawn in the article above.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      Did you ever think about why anyone wants to go to Washington DC to represent us? Why do they want to do us good,they don’t know us and what it is that we need for our benefit? What are they getting out of “representing” us?

  • Right Brain Thinker

    Congress doesn’t care? Nice try, but it would have been more correct to say “some lawmakers want to do something about the economy, unemployment and legislative incompetence, but other lawmakers obstruct their efforts and make it impossible”.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      You can say that Congress cares all you want but what purpose does their caring serve. I would trust a man more if he just straight out came out with saying that he doesn’t know what the bloody hell he is doing and then sat down and did nothing. We don’t need “doers of something”.

    • momo

      The only thing these leeches care about is getting re-elected so they can continue mooching off the taxpayer.

  • Nadzieja Batki

    When a politician runs for political office and contrary to what he tells the voters/prey he is as a predator marking off his territory for his own benefit as this is where his means of survival come from. He/She will be in the company of other predators who have done the carving out of territory.
    Why do we Americans assume that our politicians are different in their predatory behaviours as opposed to China, ME, Europe, Japan, Africa, the islands in the Pacific or anywhere else on the topside of Earth. Read Daniel and think about why Empires had predators as symbols to characterize their nations. Everyone on earth is an offspring of those nations and spread out by migrations.

    • Irish1025

      Very interesting way of putting it. of course you are right,I never looked at Daniel in that way before.

  • HLR

    Looking at the first 4 results, I believe they all represent the same thing using different words. They are all intertwined. If Government. did their jobs and worked to reduce the deficit, spending and laws restricting business their approval ratings would go up, this would also entice business to spend more, jobs would increase and the economy would improve.

    • bigdave46

      hlr…I hope you KNOW, Obama’s czars have passed THOUSANDS OF LAWS. just in the past 3 months, restricting new business development with EPA regs and the imposition of card check, unions, in every business.

    • Irish1025

      Also if the illegals were to leave America there would be more than enough jobs for hard working Americans.It is a national tragedy that Corporate greed has sold us out to the illegals because it’s all about their bottom line.Eliminate the tax incentives for these corporations and bring those jobs back home to us.

  • Adrian Vance

    After two generations of destroying education what else do you expect?

    See The Two Minute Conservative at: and when you speak ladies will swoon and liberal gentlemen will weep.

  • LK



    I was in my neighborhood restaurant this morning and was seated behind a group of jubilant individuals celebrating the coming implementation of the health care bill. I could not finish my breakfast. This is what ensued: They were a diverse group of several races and both sexes. I heard a young man exclaim, “Isn’t Obama like Jesus Christ? I mean, after all, he is healing the sick.”

    A young woman enthusiastically proclaimed, “Yeah, and he does it for free. I cannot believe anyone would think that a free market wouldn’t work for health care.”

    Another said, “The stupid Republicans want us all to starve to death so they can inherit all of the power. Obama should be made a Saint for what he did for those of us less fortunate.”

    At this, I had more than enough. I arose from my seat, mustering all the restraint I could find, and approached their table. “Please excuse me; may I impose upon you for one moment?”

    They smiled and welcomed me to the conversation. I stood at the end of their table, smiled as best I could and began an experiment.

    “I would like to give one of you my house. It will cost you no money and I will pay all of the expenses and taxes for as long as you live there. Anyone interested?”

    They looked at each other in astonishment. “Why would you do something like that?” asked a young man, “There isn’t anything for free in this world.” They began to laugh at me, as they did not realize this man had just made my point.

    “I am serious, I will give you my house for free, no money whatsoever. Anyone interested?”

    In unison, a resounding “Yeah” fills the room.
    “Since there are too many of you, I will have to make a choice as to who receives this money-free bargain.”

    I noticed an elderly couple was paying attention to the spectacle unfolding before their eyes, the old man shaking his head in apparent disgust.

    “I tell you what; I will give it to the one of you most willing to obey my rules.”

    Again, they looked at one another, an expression of bewilderment on their faces.

    The perky young woman asked, “What are the rules?”

    I smiled and said, “I don’t know. I have not yet defined them. However, it is a free home that I offer you.”

    They giggled amongst themselves, the youngest of which said, “What an old coot. He must be crazy to give away his home. Go take your meds, old man.”

    I smiled and leaned into the table a bit further. “I am serious, this is a legitimate offer.”

    They gaped at me for a moment.

    “I’ll take it you old fool. Where are the keys?” boasted the youngest among them.

    “Then I presume you accept ALL of my terms then?” I asked.

    The elderly couple seemed amused and entertained as they watched from the privacy of their table. “Oh yeah! Where do I sign up?”

    I took a napkin and wrote, “I give this man my home, without the burden of financial obligation, so long as he accepts and abides by the terms that I shall set forth upon consummation of this transaction.”

    I signed it and handed it to the young man who eagerly scratched out his signature.

    “Where are the keys to my new house?” he asked in a mocking tone of voice.

    All eyes were upon us as I stepped back from the table, pulling the keys from pocket and dangling them before the excited new homeowner.

    “Now that we have entered into this binding contract, witnessed by all of your friends, I have decided upon the conditions you are obligated to adhere to from this point forward. You may only live in the house for one hour a day. You will not use anything inside of the home. You will obey me without question or resistance. I expect complete loyalty and admiration for this gift I bestow upon you. You will accept my commands and wishes with enthusiasm, no matter the nature. Your morals and principles shall be as mine. You will vote as I do, think as I do and do it with blind faith. These are my terms. Here are your keys.” I reached the keys forward and the young man looked at me dumbfounded.

    “Are you out of your mind? Who would ever agree to those ridiculous terms?” the young man appeared irritated.

    “You did when you signed this contract before reading it, understanding it and with the full knowledge that I would provide my conditions only after you committed to the agreement.”

    The elderly man chuckled as his wife tried to restrain him. I was looking at a now silenced and bewildered group of people.

    “You can shove that stupid deal up your a** old man. I want no part of it!” exclaimed the now infuriated young man.

    ‘You have committed to the contract, as witnessed by all of your friends. You cannot get out of the deal unless I agree to it. I do not intend to let you free now that I have you ensnared. I am the power you agreed to. I am the one you blindly and without thought chose to enslave yourself to. In short, I am your Master.”

    At this, the table of celebrating individuals became a unified group against the unfairness of the deal.

    After a few moments of unrepeatable comments and slurs, I revealed my true intent.

    “What I did to you is what this administration and congress did to you with the health care legislation. I easily suckered you in and then revealed the real cost of the bargain. Your folly was in the belief that you can have something you did not earn, and for that which you did not earn, you willingly allowed someone else to think for you. Your failure to research, study and inform yourself permitted reason to escape you. You have entered into a trap from which you cannot flee. Your only chance of freedom is if your new Master gives it to you. A freedom that is given can also be taken away. Therefore, it is not freedom at all.”

    With that, I tore up the napkin and placed it before the astonished young man. “This is the nature of your new health care legislation.”

    I turned away to leave these few in thought and contemplation — and was surprised by applause.

    The elderly gentleman, who was clearly entertained, shook my hand enthusiastically and said, “Thank you, Sir. These kids don’t understand Liberty .”

    He refused to allow me to pay my bill as he said, “You earned this one. It is an honor to pick up the tab.”

    I shook his hand in thanks, leaving the restaurant somewhat humbled and sensing a glimmer of hope for my beloved country.

    1. Remember… Four boxes keep us free: the soap box, the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.


    “Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the American Government take care of him; better take a closer look at the American Indian.” Henry Ford

    • chocopot

      And they are, no doubt, representative of the idiots who voted for the Marxist-in-Chief.

      • bigdave46


    • bigdave46

      EXACTLY THE REASON so many I know have already given up hope…..and moved to Thailand, the Phillipine Islands , Costa Rica and even Mexico. This country has been HIJACKED by the GIMMIE GIMMIE CROWD! These arethe same whackjobs who will be killing each other in the streets soon.

    • bigdave46

      ….and PLEASE…bring FORWARD someone who is PRO-OBAMBOOZLERCARE….and is intimate with its rules !!! I know a doctor who recently performed major surgery, on an illegal who went to the emergency room….the bill was over $100,000.00…and WE get to pay for it, and this is just ONE out of a COUNTRY THE SIZE OF GREECE, WHICH LIBTURDS WANT TO AMNESTIZE !!!!!! 12,000,000 new welfare wookies!! yippee!! aint we lucky!!! send’em all to Hollywood !!

  • bigdave46

    The SENATE and CONGRESS should MOVE OUT of DC !!! Back to the middle class neighborhoods….or ghettos….or barrios…..rather than live like HOLLYWOOD CELEBRITIES WHOM THEY SEEM TO SOUND MORE LIKE THESE DAYS !!!

  • independent thinker

    An interesting tid-bit.
    Tale of Two CitiesChicago, IL Houston, TX Population2.7 million 2.15 million Median HH Income$38,600 $37,000 % African-American38.9% 24% % Hispanic29.9% 44% % Asian5.5% 6% % Non-Hispanic White38.7% 26%
    Pretty similar until you compare the following:Chicago, IL Houston, TX Concealed Carry gun lawno yes # of Gun Stores0 84 – Dedicated gun stores plus 1500 – legal places to buy guns- Walmart, K-mart, sporting goods, etc. Homicides, 2012806 207 Homicides per 100K28.4 9.6 Avg. January high temperature (F)31° 63°

    Conclusion:Cold weather causes murder.

  • Michael Shreve

    Obama is simply trying to get us looking i the wrong direction while he ravages the country. Making the populace unable to resist his conquest is merely a plus.