Some key findings from the poll, include:
• When given an “either/or” choice, just 29% want Washington to focus on deficit reduction while 67% favor job creation.
• “Creating manufacturing jobs in the U.S.” and “strengthening manufacturing in this country” are the top voter priorities for the President.
• Only 50% of voters believe that the President is working to create manufacturing jobs – an 11% drop from 2010. Congress fares even worse – 41% say Democrats in Congress are working to create jobs, and 32% see the GOP working to create jobs.
• 90% have a favorable view of American manufacturing companies – up 22 points from 2010.
• 97% have a favorable view of U.S.-made goods – up 5 points from 2010.
• 94% of voters say creating manufacturing jobs is either “one of the most important” things government can do or “very important.”
• 90% support Buy American policies “to ensure that taxpayer funded government projects use only U.S.-made goods and supplies wherever possible.”
• 95% favor keeping “America’s trade laws strong and strictly enforced to provide a level playing field for our workers and businesses.”
• 59% say we need to “get tough with China and use every possible means to stop their unfair trade practices…” – only 34% say we need to “be careful…because they own such a significant portion of our debt.”
The poll results are available at http://www.americanmanufacturing.org