State of politics

Americans rate the candidates

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A recent poll by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal took the pulse of America just before the end of 2015. Among the findings, the survey revealed that the No. 1 issue citizens hope the federal government will tackle is national security and terrorism. Following that is job creation, then the deficit. Only 20 percent say the country is headed in the right direction, compared with 70 percent who say it's on the wrong track. Here are some findings related to presidential candidates: