Wealthy Americans say growing the economy matters more in the coming year than slashing federal spending.

Forty-four percent of affluent Americans say economic growth should be President Obama's top priority in the next 12 to 18 months, compared with 19% who list lowering the deficit and 15% who say political gridlock should be the President's chief concerns, according to a survey released Wednesday by Northern Trust, the nation's third-largest custodial bank.

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