Gallup presented Americans with 12 issues and asked them to choose those that are extremely or very important to them:
- 92 percent of respondents said creating good jobs was extremely or very important;
- 87 percent said reducing corruption in the federal government; and
- 86 percent said reducing the federal budget deficit was extremely or very important.
In addition to those top-three priorities, Americans listed the following issues as extremely or very important, in descending order:
-- Dealing with terrorism (86%)
-- Ensuring the long-term stability of Social Security and Medicare (85%)
-- Improving public schools (83%)
-- Setting high moral standards for the nation (76%)
-- Overcoming political gridlock in Washington (76%)
-- Making health care available and affordable (74%)
-- Making college available and affordable (69%)
-- Dealing with environmental concerns (52%)
-- Taxing the wealthy (49%)
According to Gallup, 51 percent of Romney supporters said reducing the federal budget deficit is the top priority for the next president, slightly more important than job-creation (48%).
Among Obama supporters, 50 percent chose health care as the most important priority for the next president, followed by job creation (48%).