According to recent polling data, the federal budget deficit is the top issue with voters, after the economy. The percentage of respondents voicing concern over the size of the deficit has doubled over the past three months as concerns over the economy have faded. The deficit ranks ahead of other issues such as health care, national security, and other considerations.

"Let me list some issues that have been proposed for the federal government to address. Please tell me which one of these items you think should be the top priority for the federal government". If more than one: "Well, if you had to choose just one, which do you think should be the top priority?"

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