Harris Poll: Americans Not Optimistic About Jobs Market

Thursday, 27 Oct 2011 08:45 AM

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Most Americans are still unhappy about the current state of the economy, according to a new Harris Interactive poll, which shows that just 9 percent of U.S. adults believe the job market in their region of the country is in good shape. The poll of 2,453 adults surveyed online Oct. 10-17 found that 67 percent rate job prospects in their communities as bad.
People in the Western part of the United States tended to rate the job market in their region worse than in other parts of the country, with 74 percent saying they are pessimistic about the prospects for increased employment.
Meanwhile, Southerners seemed to be a little more optimistic about the future, but 62 percent said they would still rate the job market as bad.
When asked what would help create more jobs, the opinions ranged from cutting spending and taxes to reducing regulations and increasing government spending.
For example, 44 percent of those surveyed said both reducing spending and cutting taxes would lead to more jobs, while 36 percent said reducing business regulations would work. Just 12 percent said more government spending would do the trick.
Of those who identified themselves as Republicans, 63 percent said reduced government spending would work best, compared to 27 percent of Democrats.

On the other hand, 21 percent of Democrats surveyed said they would favor more government spending, compared to only 1 percent of Republicans.

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