America’s greatest concern? It’s not the economy

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President Donald Trump listens during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Washington. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)

NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller sits down for his weekly conversation with Gallup’s Frank Newport to talk about trends in U.S. opinion.

Economic concerns are the least worrisome since 1999, according to poll respondents, with a majority saying they find President Donald Trump and the government the most worrisome.

Meanwhile, Trump is discounting a wide array of polls which show his approval in the 35-39 percent range to cherry pick the one poll (from Rasmussen). That one uses likely voters and has other issues that give him a higher rating. Current polls showing his approval rating in the 30 percent range all were accurate in predicting the national popular vote last November.

New data show that the Affordable Care Act has more positive reviews than negative evaluations. And overall, only 29 percent of Americans want the ACA repealed and replaced — although many would like to see it tweaked.

Finally, the concept of mandatory national service — a kind of draft but with the option of serving in non-military capacity — has been discussed again more recently. New data show that Americans are split on the idea, down from higher approval at points in the past.

Guess who is most opposed? Young people. Those 65 and older think it’s a great idea.

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