Washington's Tin Ear: They just don't seem to hear urgent voter demands on jobs, manufacturing

Posted by scapozzola on 07/28/2011

As a new poll released by the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) shows, Republican and Democratic voters are in firm agreement on their most pressing issues: jobs and manufacturing.  But they don't think Washington is listening at all.

Eric Martin at Bloomberg News reports on the voter disenchantment tracked in AAM's poll:

Creating jobs is a more important mission for Congress and President Barack Obama than reducing the deficit, according to a poll of likely voters in the 2012 U.S. election commissioned by a manufacturers’ group.

Sixty-seven percent of those questioned said they would prefer that politicians focus on employment.

Martin also quotes AAM Executive Director Scott Paul:

“They want Washington to take action,” Scott Paul, the group’s executive director, said today in an interview at Bloomberg’s Washington office. “They want manufacturing to be a central part of economic renewal in the United States.”

With voter unrest increasing, China ia now a more urgent concern among voters.  As Martin reports:

Sixty-two percent of participants in the study said the U.S. isn’t the world’s strongest economy, up from 58 percent in the group’s report last year. Among those who didn’t think the U.S. had the world’s strongest economy, 39 percent said China is the top nation, an increase from 36 percent last year...

Fifty-nine percent of poll participants said the U.S. should use all legal means to stop unfair Chinese trade practices. That compares with 34 percent who said the U.S. should be careful in dealing with China because the nation is a U.S. creditor and any trade dispute would increase prices for imports. China remained the largest foreign holder of U.S. Treasuries at the end of May, with $1.16 trillion, according to the Treasury Department.

Click here to read the full Bloomberg article.

Click here to view AAM's new poll.

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