What would you say is the biggest problem facing your local community?
“Economic concerns” includes responses about availability of jobs, poverty and the economy (businesses closing/high cost of living/low wages/etc.). Open-ended question. No other issues were mentioned by more than 10 percent of rural Americans.
Source: NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health “Life in Rural America” survey of 1,300 adults living in the rural United States, conducted June 6-Aug. 4. The margin of error for the full sample is +/- 3.6 percentage points. Most common responses shown.