Donald Lambro

WASHINGTON - President Obama was hit by two major reports this week that reinforced what many if not most of us knew about his economic policies: they are killing jobs.

The first report came from the Gallup Poll on Monday that confirmed what millions of Americans now think about the Obama economy that he and Democrats in Congress still insist is growing stronger. But that's not what a lot of our fellow citizens think, based on their personal situations in their families and in their communities.

"Americans have a new No. 1 problem," Gallup reported on Feb. 17. And it's jobs, the polling organization said in a news release that was headlined "Unemployment Rises to Top Problem in the U.S."

Here's what its nationwide survey found between Feb. 6-9 when it asked Americans to name the most important problem facing the United States today.

"Nearly one in four Americans mention jobs and unemployment as the most important problem facing the country, up from 16 percent in January," Gallup said.

Prior to this poll, "The government and politicians had topped the list since the government shutdown" last fall, Gallup said. But that's no longer what troubles them the most since Congress passed a year-long budget to fund the government into next year.

It's also important to point out, as Gallup does, that "Prior to last fall, either jobs or the economy had led the 'most important problem' list going back to February 2008..."

Now, with painfully weak job figures still plaguing us in the sixth year of Obama's failed presidency, and millions of workers who've been unemployed for six months or more dropping out of the labor force (and uncounted among the jobless), the issue of jobs and the economy is reaching critical mass. And the American people are fed up.

According to Gallup, 23 percent of Americans polled told them that unemployment and jobs was the most important problem in the country. Another 20 percent said the U.S. "economy in general" was the most important problem.

More troubling for Democrats, who face their toughest midterm election since their 2010 shellacking, Democrats, Republicans, and independents place unemployment and jobs at the top of their list.

"Mentions of unemployment and jobs as the most important problem increased among all three party groups this month," Gallup said.

"For Democrats, unemployment is clearly the top U.S. problem, with the economy, government dysfunction, and healthcare occupying a second tier of importance," Gallup says.

Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.