Health Care Is a Bigger Concern than Terrorism, Americans Say in New Poll

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A member of the Iraqi rapid response forces walks past a wall painted with the black flag commonly used by Islamic State militants, at a hospital in eastern Mosul, Iraq, on January 8. Alaa Al-Marjan/Reuters

Americans are more concerned about health care than they are about terrorism, according to a poll released on Monday.

The Gallup survey rated health care as the top concern among Americans, with 55 percent of respondents noting they were "a great deal" concerned about the availability and affordability of health care. Twenty-three percent were "a fair amount" concerned about the topic.

It is the fifth year running that health care has topped Gallup's list of concerns for Americans. It's the 13th time overall that the issue has been a top concern. Democrats were more concerned about health care than Republicans, although 39 percent of Republicans still expressed concerns about the issue.

President Donald Trump's first year in office does not appear to have made health care any less of a concern for Americans, particularly given his promise to repeal and replace Obamacare–which he did not manage to accomplish.

The topic of terrorism, which was highlighted by Trump repeatedly during his election campaign, falls further down on the list of concerns for Americans, Just 40 percent said they were a great deal concerned about the possibility of future terrorist attacks in the U.S., 28 percent said they were a fair amount concerned and a further 31 percent responded that they were either a little concerned or not at all.

This year's poll, taken from March 1-8, shows that 51 percent of respondents identified crime and violence as a topic they were a great deal concerned about; 51 percent were concerned about the availability of guns; and another 51 percent cited federal spending and the budget deficit as areas they were a great deal concerned about.

The poll surveyed 1,041 adults with a margin of error of plus/minus 4 percentage points. It included the question of gun availability for the first time ever.