Americans remain relatively unconcerned about the subprime mortgage lending situation, and they say President Bush is doing a better job, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
When asked to rank several elements of the economy and whether they had been negatively impacted by them, respondents chose rising gasoline prices, health care costs and the federal budget deficit as their top concerns.
Jobs going overseas, the decline in home values and changes in the stock market were also ranked as having a somewhat negative impact by comparison.
Meanwhile, immigration issues and subprime mortgages ranked at the bottom of the list.
In fact, only 18% of those polled said the mortgage lending situation had a very negative personal affect on them. Fifteen percent said it had a somewhat negative affect, and 62% said it had had no negative affect whatsoever. Five percent of those polled remained unsure about the effect the mortgage situation might have had on them.
Rising gasoline prices, however, were a major concern for 57% of respondents. Thirty-one percent said they had been somewhat negatively impacted by gas costs, and 12% said they had not been negatively affected.