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In a significant shift from past years, water is now more likely to be viewed by Western voters as an extremely or very serious problem than unemployment. In the past year, perceptions of unemployment, typically the most concerning economic issue, have declined. Conversely, the intensity of concern about low level of water in rivers has increased slightly. Clearly, overall both are viewed as at least somewhat serious problems, but economic concerns have faded in intensity, so that this water issue now eclipses the economic problem.

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