WOODBURY - President Barack Obama outlined big plans for immigration and education in his State of the Union address, but a new poll shows there's another area that most Long Islanders believe should be his highest priority.
The latest News 12 Long Island/Hofstra University poll reveals that 56 percent of responders believe the economy is the most important issue facing the president today.
Health care and gun control were much further down the list, tying at just more than 13 percent each. Foreign policy was most important to 6.4 percent of responders, and immigration was key for just 4.4 percent. Another 6 percent were undecided, or thought other issues were most important for the president to address.
It's no surprise that so many Long Islanders believe the economy needs the most attention. The Island's unemployment rate was at 7.1 percent this past December, up 0.3 percent compared to the previous year.