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Inflation Named as Top U.S. Problem by Most Americans Since 1985

  • Share has nearly doubled in a month to 17% in Gallup survey
  • Republican worry about inflation is double that of Democrats
Signage displaying fuel prices at a gas station in San Francisco, California, U.S., on March 7. Gas prices are near record highs.

Signage displaying fuel prices at a gas station in San Francisco, California, U.S., on March 7. Gas prices are near record highs.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The share of Americans who rate inflation as the top issue facing the country is at the highest in nearly 40 years, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday.

About one in five Americans, or 17%, surveyed March 1-18 cited inflation as the nation’s most important problem. That’s up from 10% in February, and compares with 4% who pointed to fuel prices in particular.