Poll : Federal Deficit Top Election Issue for US voters

SALT LAKE CITY – As the GOP primary nears an end, voters prepare for the general election between what appears to be Governor Mitt Romney versus President Barack Obama.  Monday’s Gallup poll shows that the federal deficit, unemployment, gas prices and healthcare are the most important issues to voters while government birth control policies rank lowest.

Seventy-seven percent of all voters said that the federal budget deficit and national debt is extremely or very important in the coming election.

Emily Jorgenson, a newly registered voter that is studying accounting at Brigham Young University explained why this issue is so important to her.

“You can not spend money you do not have.  When will it ever stop? If my family lived the same way as the government we would be looking at a sad future.  I think this country has the same outlook if we don’t stop over spending in Washington,” said Jorgenson.

Seventy-nine percent of all voters polled showed that unemployment is extremely or very important in the coming election.

“Everyone in government is just trying to make the rich richer and make the poor poorer,” said Marty Stevenson, a janitor at the University of Utah.

Chris Christiansen share similar feelings regarding the issue of unemployment.

“I have been in college for almost four years and it looks like it will be extremely hard to find a job.  I just hope I am not an unemployed college grad,” said Christiansen.

The Gallup poll was conducted March 25 – 26 with a random sample of 901 registered voters.  The poll has a margin of error of four percentage points.