Voters see manufacturing as the single most important sector in the American economy, surpassing high tech, healthcare, and financial services.
Voters reject the idea that manufacturing jobs can be replaced by high tech and service jobs by a 62-34 margin.
72% of likely voters are “worried the most” or a “great deal” about manufacturing job loss, a level of concern matched only by the federal budget deficit.
By a 2-1 margin, voters favor a focus on job creation over deficit reduction.
- Support for job creation has increased by 5 percentage points among all voters since 2012 (rising from 60% to 65%).
- Republican voters are nearly evenly split between job creation (47%) and deficit reduction (48%).