In a new Pew Research Center survey the economy ranks as American's number-one priority while addressing global warming makes the bottom of the list. Protecting the environment also took a big hit, as 56 percent said it was a top priority last year, compared to 41 percent this year.
In general, Americans want President Obama to fix problems inside US borders instead of focusing on foreign policy. A year ago, 56 percent said Bush should focus on domestic policy, while 31 percent said foreign policy was more important. Today, 71 percent think domestic policy is most important, compared to 11 percent who favor foreign policy.
While worrying about the environment, or other big-picture problems, can seem like a luxury when we're facing a pressing crisis, hopefully leaders will keep an eye on the long-term consequences of all policies. Do you think Americans have their priorities straight?