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99 problems and the government is all of them

Poll: Government still perceived as Americans' biggest problem

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A new Gallup poll indicates that Americans continue to view government as their single greatest problem. While the economy and unemployment have given the government a run for its money over the last year, in recent months government has taken a clear lead for the ignominious title.


Congressional approval ratings, meanwhile, have hit 16 percent, which is progress by Congress' very low standards. President Obama is faring a little better in the polls — and his approval rating of 46 percent is exactly average for presidents in their third March after re-election.