If you listen to Americans, most want their politicians to focus on improving the economy and creating jobs. But if you listen to their politicians, the economy and creating jobs are less important than dealing with the Federal budget deficit/debt.
More than 25 million people are either unemployed, can only find part-time work, or have given up looking for work altogether. In a March CBS News poll, nine out of ten Americans called the budget deficit a serious problem, but more than half of all Americans thought jobs were more important than the budget deficit.
The importance Americans give to the economy and jobs seems to hold up over time. In a Gallup poll released two days ago, about six in ten Americans named the economy and jobs as the most important problems facing the country today. Less than two in ten Americans named the Federal budget deficit/debt as the most important problem.
If the U.S. had a representative government at the Federal level, at least one of the parties would most likely be bent on fixing the economy. Both of them though are bent on fixing the deficit/debt — which appears to be more a priority of Wall Street than of Main Street.