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An American wish list on eve of Obama's speech

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans are talking about what's on top of their fix-it wish list as President Barack Obama prepares for tomorrow's State of the Union address.

Twenty-three percent of those surveyed in the Associated Press-GfK poll say employment is the most important single issue. Fifteen percent say it's fixing or reforming health care and 14 percent say fixing the overall economy is tops.

The poll reveals discontent and some hope. More than half disapprove of Obama's handling of the economy and a little more than one-third say it's improved in his first two years. Still, Obama is considered likable, strong and in touch.

Altogether, 38 percent of the 1,001 people interviewed say the economy or an economic issue is what they would most like to see the government accomplish this year; 31 percent say health care is the No. 1 issue to tackle, regardless of whether they favor or oppose Obama's health care law and 21 say the budget is the first thing the government should fix.

The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

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