It's still the economy, stupid

New poll shows that the economy and unemployment are the two biggest issues for US voters.

Back in April, Barack Obama had it made. He swatted away the birthers once and for all, made Donald Trump look an even bigger fool than normal and then, casually, bumped off Osama Bin Laden. It was a good month - and it seems to be as good as it's going to get.

But the Bin Laden boost is now over. Unemployment remains stubbornly above 9 per cent. Growth is still anaemic. Unfortunately for Obama, no matter how many international terrorists you kill, people care about the economy and jobs far more, as the poll below attests.

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A total of 60 per cent of respondents in a recent Gallup poll described jobs or the economy as their major concern. Unemployment was a larger concern than healthcare, fuel prices, education and immigration combined. Despite hoovering up so much time and resources, the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and now Libya do not appear to be a concern for US voters. They want jobs, damnit.

Obama main weakness will be the economy, unless it picks up drastically within the next six months. Mitt Romney's first, slick campaign advert concentrated solely on jobs, picking up on Obama's comment that there would be a few "bumps in the road" on the way to recovery.

Without a fall in unemployment, these attacks will continue and the Republican candidate (whoever that may be) will be able to land easy blows. James Carville's adage is truer than ever: it's still the economy, stupid.

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The 43 people Donald Trump listens to

Who are the people the US president follows on Twitter?

The US president Donald Trump is known for his free use of the social media platform Twitter.

Since taking office in January, the president has notably continued to use his own Twitter account @realDonaldTrump instead of switching to the official @POTUS account, instead choosing to tweet his views to his 24.9m followers.

Of the 43 accounts Trump is following, Piers Morgan, the British media personality, has the most followers, clocking in at 5.52m.

Roll over the table below to see how who these 43 people are - or read the whole story at Verdict.co.uk.