Survey Says: Americans Want A Jobs Plan

More Reviews Are In: The American People Want a Jobs Plan

Last week, we showcased some positive reviews of the president’s jobs plan from independent economists. Today, we look at the positive reviews of the plan from the American people.

Here’s the rundown.

What do people care about? J-O-B-S

  • 65 percent told CNN that they’d rather see the president and Congress pay attention to jobs rather than “reducing the budget deficit” (29 percent).
  • 46 percenttold Bloomberg that “unemployment and jobs” are the most important issue facing the country right now, compared to 12 percent who cited the federal deficit and 18 percent who said government spending.

Who do people trust more to deliver on jobs? (Hint: It’s not the Republicans)

The American people overwhelmingly support the elements of the president’s jobs plan

  • 74 percent support using federal funds to put teachers, firefighters, and cops to work.  A second poll found this proposal was supported by 71 percent of Americans.
  • 65 percent support cutting the payroll tax for workers.
  • 64 percent support federal spending to repair our crumbling roads, bridges, and schools.
  • 52 percent support increasing federal aid to unemployed workers.

Americans are ready to let the Bush tax cuts go

IN ONE SENTENCE: We have a jobs crisis, and the American people strongly support the steps the president has proposed to put Americans back to work — including asking the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share.

Evening Brief: Important Stories That You May Have Missed

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The potential for growing conflict between Turkey Israel poses a dangerous dilemma for the U.S.

With Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s upcoming visit to the United Nations General Assembly quickly approaching,new questions are raised about Ahmadinejad’s political strength within Iran and his ability to stand up to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Sign Here: Tell Congress to Rebuild America

For the past decade, Congress has had no problem spending over $120 billion to rebuild schools, roads, bridges and other essential infrastructure in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, America’s infrastructure is crumbling and millions of people are out of work.

All the Republican leaders in Congress voted to approve massive amounts of funding to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan without a penny in offsets. But now they are opposing President Obama’s proposal to rebuild America even though it’s fully paid for.

Contact your member today and demand we invest at least as much in our own communities as we did in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Click here to contact your Member of Congress.

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Advocacy Team