Gallup: Immigration and Congress most pressing problems

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     Last month, young detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville, Texas. Immigration courts backlogged by years of staffing shortages and tougher enforcement face an even more daunting challenge since tens of thousands of Central Americans began arriving on the U.S. border fleeing violence back home. (AP file photo/Eric Gay, pool)

    Last month, young detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville, Texas. Immigration courts backlogged by years of staffing shortages and tougher enforcement face an even more daunting challenge since tens of thousands of Central Americans began arriving on the U.S. border fleeing violence back home. (AP file photo/Eric Gay, pool)

    Frank Newport, editor in chief of the Gallup Poll, joins NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller to break down American’s opinions on immigration, quality job prospects, spending habits, and a fading confidence in Congress.

    This week, Newport discusses:

    A big change this month in the public’s assessment of the most important problem facing the country. Immigration zooms to the top concern, followed closely behind by dysfunctional government.

    Congressional job approval remains mired in the basement — at 15 percent this month. What should be done to fix Congress?

    What about the idea of electing more women to political office? Gallup has asked Americans about that idea several times, and has just updated it. The answer: Yes! More women equals better government.

    Is now a good time to find a quality job?

    What are Americans spending more on and what are they spending less on these days?

    The Conference Board index of leading indicators increased in June for a fifth consecutive month, supporting the view that stronger consumer demand, driven by sustained job gains, should help boost the economy in the second half of this year.

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