Just one single percent of Americans rank the deficit as the most important issue for them in choosing a president, according to the new Washington Post/ABC News poll.

The percentage of Americans who think the deficit is the most important issue this election is so incredibly tiny that it is practically unmeasurable. What Americans really care about right now are the immediate economic and employment crises, not potential long term budget projections.

The bizarre obsession by mainstream media and political elites with the deficit during an employment crisis isn’t based on public outcry, nor is it drive by the market, given that our government borrowing costs are near historic lows. It is a manufactured issue created by billionaires spending literally hundreds of millions to artificially raise its prominence and furthered by those who want to use it as an excuse for their real goal of slashing our social safety net.

    6. What is the single most important issue in your choice for president?
                                                           5/20/12   1/15/12   11/3/11
Economy/jobs                                                 52        51        56
Health care/repealing Obamacare                               7         3         4
Morals/family values                                          5         3         4
Ethics/honesty/corruption in government                       4         6         7
Beating Romney/re-electing Obama/Supporting the Democrats*    1         1         2
Federal budget deficit                                        1         2         2
Taxes                                                         1         2         2
Beating Obama/electing Romney/Supporting the Republicans*     1         1         1
Gay marriage/gay rights                                       1         *         0
Education                                                     1         1         1
Social Security                                               1         1         1
Terrorism/national security                                   1         2         1
Abortion                                                      1         *         1
Afghanistan/War in Afghanistan                                1         1         *
Experience                                                    1         1         *
Middle class Americans/helping the middle class               1         1        NA
Foreign policy                                                1         1         *
Gas/oil prices/energy/ethanol                                 *         *         *
Iran/Situation in Iran                                        *         *         0
Guns/Gun control                                              *         *         0
Environment                                                   *         *         1
Immigration/illegal immigration                               *         *         1
Leadership/strong leadership/good leader                      0         2         1
Banks/Financial institutions                                  *        NA        NA
Change                                                        *         *         1
Housing/mortgages                                             0         1         *
Iraq/War in Iraq                                             NA         1         *
Other (SPECIFY)                                              14        10        10
No opinion                                                    4         7         5
*1/15/12 and previous “the/a Republican” instead