Americans are eager to hear President Barack Obama talk about the U.S. economy and the federal deficit in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, with more than half still convinced the nation is in a recession, according to a poll released today, Reuters reported.

Gun policy and health care are also top concerns U.S. voters want the president to discuss in his annual speech to the nation, according to the survey, conducted by Quinnipiac University.

Obama is expected to use the speech to offer his plan for spurring the economy, including proposals for investments in infrastructure, manufacturing, clean energy and education.

The nationwide poll found 35 percent of U.S. voters said the economy was a top concern, while 20 percent pointed to the federal deficit. It also showed 53 percent said the U.S. economy is still in a recession, even though economists have said the downturn that began in late 2007 officially ended in July 2009. Read more