Aug. 21 (UPI) — More Americans are saying COVID-19 is the most important problem in the United States right now, topping issues like government, economic hardship and racism, a Gallup survey showed Friday.

The poll, part of Gallup’s Social Series, showed 35% of U.S. adults said the coronavirus pandemic is their chief concern — a 5% increase over the previous survey last month and 15 points higher than the figure from early June.

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About one in five respondents said the government and poor leadership is their top concern.

The share of Americans who identified race relations as the top issue (10%) fell by nearly half over the past two months.

Economic problems — including unemployment, the wealth gap and corporate corruption — was cited by 12% as the main concern, down 7 points since June.

Overall satisfaction with the direction of the United States remains at 13%, the same share from the last survey. The figure is the lowest in nine years.

Gallup said its economic confidence index this month (-16) is essentially unchanged from last month’s reading (-15). The mark is well below February’s index (+41), which was the highest Gallup had measured in 20 years.

Gallup polled more than 1,000 U.S. adults for the survey, which has a margin of error of 4 points.

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