The number ballooned amid the banking bailout. Tax hikes may lie ahead.
The budget deficit doubled in the past year, escalating the finger-pointing in Congress.
Nearly 3 in 4 see taxes and budget deficits as 'extremely' or 'very' important in the 2008 campaign.
His challenge is to appeal both to the GOP's tax-cutting faithful and to independents and moderates.
Rising entitlement costs and Iraq war expenses take a back seat to shorter-term stimulus plans.