Klein is being far too credulous in this case, and also demonstrating why journalists should refrain from basing narratives on single polls. Consider:
In the last two polls (Fox and NBC from early May) where Americans provided a list of national priorities, and asked to name the top priority, the deficit averaged 17.5%, well behind the 41% for economy and jobs.
In the last poll where Americans where asked to list the top priorities facing the country, and where not prompted with the list of priorities (CBS from early April), the deficit came in at 5%, compared to 49% for jobs and the economy..
Even in the Gallup poll quoted above, 83% of the country cites unemployment as either "extremely" or "very" important, more than any other issue.
It is not supportable to look at available public polling and conclude that the deficit is the nation's top priority. It is not even supportable to look at available public polling, and conclude that anything is close to the economy and jobs as the nation's top priority.
This is an "It's the Economy, Stupid,' election. There is just no credible argument against that right now.