NEW YORK, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- A nationwide poll revealed on Friday that six out of ten Americans said the economy or jobs were the most important problems as midterm elections approach.
In a nationwide New York Times/CBS News poll conducted last month, 60 percent of Americans said that the economy or jobs were the most important problems facing the country. A mere 3 percent mentioned Afghanistan or the war.
The poll suggested that the war in Afghanistan is barely a blip on voters' radars as the midterm elections approach though more than 1,300 U.S. service members have lost their lives there and the country has spent over 300 billion U.S. dollars on the effort so far.
A Pew poll earlier this month found that 23 percent of Americans said they were following the situation in Afghanistan very closely, far fewer than the 43 percent who were following the condition of the economy very closely.
In contrast, in the period leading up to the 2006 midterm elections, the war in Iraq and concerns about terrorism trumped all other issues in Times/CBS News national polls.
Experts say that the condition of the U.S. economy and the high unemployment rate contribute to the fact that most Americans largely cite those economic problems as the nation's top issues.