Americans now see unemployment as the nation’s top problem. It has recently jumped to number one according to Gallup:

Recent Trend in Top Five "Most Important" U.S. Problems

This is a rather depressing statement about where the country is almost six years after the financial meltdown. We are still in one of the longest periods economic trouble.

The poll also reflects that Congressional Republican coming to their sense is starting to have a real impact. Instead of shutting down the government and constantly threatening defeat Republicans have decided to instead to quickly and quietly work to do the bare minimum to keep everything running.

Our dysfunctional government was the top problem for months but now it has dropped down to the third place. Without destructive pointless fights the focus has moved from Congress to people’s more direct concerns.