Everything That’s Worrying America, In One Chart
Americans are worried–about a great many things. A new Gallup poll shows that Americans are increasingly concerned about terror attacks and race relations (serious concern about each is up by 10 percent, year-on-year). At the same time, our fears about the overall state of the economy, unemployment, the availability of healthcare and other essentially financial issues have all either leveled off or dropped somewhat. The number of those who worry “a great deal” about the state of the environment has stayed essentially the same and markedly low compared to other issues.
This is the first year Gallup has tracked how many Americans worry about income disparity. Around 46 percent of respondents claimed to have serious concerns about the distribution of wealth in the United States. Even though the number of people who worry about the price of healthcare is down slightly (since Obamacare kicked in, it should be noted), it still represents our greatest concern. Of the respondents surveyed, 54 percent of them listed the availability and cost of healthcare as something they worry “a great deal” about.