Poll: Americans want Obama, Congress to focus on job creation rather than deficit

posted at 8:42 pm on September 14, 2011 by Tina Korbe

If this doesn’t prove the truth of Sarah Palin’s maxim that, to most people, poles are for strippers and skiers, I’m not sure what will. Just seven days ago, The Wall Street Journal released the results of its WSJ/NBC poll, which showed that 56 percent of “ordinary Americans” put reducing the deficit ahead of boosting the economy, even if it means the recovery will take longer, versus 38 percent who say vice versa. Today, a CNN/Opinion Research poll yielded results that, practically speaking, are essentially the opposite:

The CNN/Opinion Research Poll found that 65 percent of Americans would rather President Obama and Congress focus on job creation than deficit reduction. The poll found that 29 percent would rather Obama and Congress focus on the deficit instead of jobs and 6 percent said they want Obama and Congress to focus on both evenly. …

A Bloomberg News poll also released Wednesday found a slim majority of Americans don’t think Obama’s jobs legislation will successfully cut down the unemployment rate. But the CNN/Opinion Research poll found that a majority of Americans trust Obama over the GOP on handling the economy. Additionally, the CNN/Opinion Research poll found that 46 percent of Americans trust Obama more than the GOP on handling the economy compared to 37 percent who trust Republicans on more.

Perhaps the wording alone accounts for the difference. “Jobs” does, after all, sound far more urgent and personal than does “boosting the economy.” But, either way, I hope the WSJ poll is right because deficit reduction and job creation cannot be divorced from each other when the nation’s debt accounts for 100 percent of GDP. I’m fond of repeating these facts because they make the point so perfectly: According to a Reinhart-Rogoff study, worldwide, when the debt of a nation is more than 90 percent of GDP, economic growth is reduced by at least a percentage point — and that means a net loss of jobs. In fact, the Council of Economic Advisors has suggested that a 1 percentage point loss of growth translates into 1 million jobs annually. We’ve seen the president’s jobs plan and it’s just more of the same — stimulus spending that will add to the very debt that’s dragging down our economy. But we’ve yet to see the president’s promised deficit reduction plan. The American people need to see past the false dichotomy created by polls that suggest reducing the deficit and creating jobs/boosting the economy — and start demanding again to see the president’s plans to cut spending.

 


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Uhh….

I don’t want Obama to focus on anything.

Don’t focus on anything. He destroys things he focuses on.

blatantblue on September 14, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Do both: get rid of the EPA, FDA, Dept. of Agriculture, FCC, Dept. of Energy, Labor Dept…

ajacksonian on September 14, 2011 at 8:45 PM

What’s the point? He’s being saying he’ll focus on jobs like a laser for 3 years now.

honsy on September 14, 2011 at 8:47 PM

What ajacksonian said x10

carbon_footprint on September 14, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Do both: get rid of the EPA, FDA, Dept. of Agriculture, FCC, Dept. of Energy, Labor Dept…

ajacksonian on September 14, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Add to this the Dept. of Education and the 18+ czars that Obama illegally created.

carbon_footprint on September 14, 2011 at 8:49 PM

It’s a long, long list of what has to go, isn’t it?

ajacksonian on September 14, 2011 at 8:50 PM

He’s being saying he’ll focus on jobs like a laser for 3 years now.

honsy on September 14, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Not his fault… due to regulations, he hasn’t been able to get the lasers and has had to settle for ill-tempered sea bass.

malclave on September 14, 2011 at 8:50 PM

. The American people need to see past the false dichotomy created by polls that suggest reducing the deficit and creating jobs/boosting the economy — and start demanding again to see the president’s plans to cut spending

That is a grand fantasy when you still have 40 plus percent who still approve of him!

bluemarlin on September 14, 2011 at 8:50 PM

I want BHO to focus on his resignation…

d1carter on September 14, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Same old taxes, same old spending.

John the Libertarian on September 14, 2011 at 8:51 PM

I hope you guys get a chance to put all of these assertions to the test. If there aren’t real changes in GDP growth, the deficit, and unemployment during the upcoming republican administration, what will come of all this theorizing you do here?

ernesto on September 14, 2011 at 8:51 PM

It’s a long, long list of what has to go, isn’t it?

ajacksonian on September 14, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Unfortunately yes. Not what our founders envisioned.

carbon_footprint on September 14, 2011 at 8:51 PM

If this doesn’t prove the truth of Sarah Palin’s maxim that, to most people, poles are for strippers and skiers, I’m not sure what will. Just seven days ago, The Wall Street Journal released the results of its WSJ/NBC poll, which showed that 56 percent of “ordinary Americans” put reducing the deficit ahead of boosting the economy, even if it means the recovery will take longer, versus 38 percent who say vice versa. Today, a CNN/Opinion Research poll yielded results that, practically speaking, are essentially the opposite:

The Truth Behind Opinion Polls

sharrukin on September 14, 2011 at 8:53 PM

I hope you guys get a chance to put all of these assertions to the test. If there aren’t real changes in GDP growth, the deficit, and unemployment during the upcoming republican administration, what will come of all this theorizing you do here?

ernesto on September 14, 2011 at 8:51 PM

A risk we are all too happy to take. I suspect the overall confidence in the economy will grow exponentially if the GOP wins at least the Senate and keep the House.

carbon_footprint on September 14, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Unfortunately yes. Not what our founders envisioned.

carbon_footprint on September 14, 2011 at 8:51 PM

No, it isn’t.

And I will only vote for a candidate who makes cutting back government job #1.

Rome wasn’t built in a day. But it was sacked in 3.

ajacksonian on September 14, 2011 at 8:54 PM

ernesto on September 14, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Wow, what a racist question, since the deficit and unemployment will have been inherited from the previous administration.

malclave on September 14, 2011 at 8:57 PM

He’s being saying he’ll focus on jobs like a laser for 3 years now.
honsy on September 14, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Sadly, the lasers were solar powered with panels produced by…well…you know…

Bishop on September 14, 2011 at 8:58 PM

I hope you guys get a chance to put all of these assertions to the test.

ernesto on September 14, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Reagan took that bet.

John the Libertarian on September 14, 2011 at 8:58 PM

I hope you guys get a chance to put all of these assertions to the test. If there aren’t real changes in GDP growth, the deficit, and unemployment during the upcoming republican administration, what will come of all this theorizing you do here?

ernesto on September 14, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Let’s see, how do you answer this same question, how have your assertions worked so far with the Democrats? The only real changes in GDP growth has been a downward revision after they first lied about growth. I mean I do believe in looking back at history so I will save your answer in the off chance all of our assertions fail!

bluemarlin on September 14, 2011 at 8:58 PM

No, it isn’t.

And I will only vote for a candidate who makes cutting back government job #1.

Rome wasn’t built in a day. But it was sacked in 3.

ajacksonian on September 14, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Never heard the latter sentence, that is great. Yes, it will take some aggressive measures to begin to turn all this around.

carbon_footprint on September 14, 2011 at 8:58 PM

If it is the duty of the president, and congress, to create jobs, then draft the unemployed into a Federal Labor Brigade, and put them to work.

Yes,I do know just what a disaster that would be, which is the point.

The only jobs government can create are government jobs, bureaucratic jobs, Byzantine jobs, patronage jobs, no-show jobs, never ending make work jobs.

So the solution then is order business to hire the unemployed, right? How is that different that the above? Ok, so pay business to hire the unemployed? Again, how is that any different from the two examples above?

GOVERNMENT CAN’T CREATE JOBS. I need a clue stick.

Skandia Recluse on September 14, 2011 at 8:58 PM

I hope you guys get a chance to put all of these assertions to the test. If there aren’t real changes in GDP growth, the deficit, and unemployment during the upcoming republican administration, what will come of all this theorizing you do here?

ernesto on September 14, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Theorizing is precisely the outcome when an economic question is answered with a political solution.

anuts on September 14, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Sadly, the lasers were solar powered with panels produced by…well…you know…

Bishop on September 14, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Whispers as if a calamity has befallen a family member: “you mean, solyndra green?

carbon_footprint on September 14, 2011 at 9:00 PM

You get certainty put into the budget process and deficit elimination/debt control, you’ll see capital inflows into this country, and the attending job growth to go with it.

JohnGalt23 on September 14, 2011 at 9:01 PM

bluemarlin on September 14, 2011 at 8:58 PM

I happen to believe that Obama was a fool for promising things like an 8% unemployment ceiling. As for GDP I don’t recall if he made any promises. After the events of 2007, I refuse to believe anyone – republican or democrat – can just adjust some domestic policies and magically generate growth rates in excess of 5%, or full employment.

ernesto on September 14, 2011 at 9:02 PM

New Poll!

Americans want a new President!

canopfor on September 14, 2011 at 9:03 PM

If you don’t know what the jobs problem is go here.

Skandia Recluse on September 14, 2011 at 9:04 PM

ernesto on September 14, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Will the GOP get to change the rules mid-game, ala changing “Jobs Created” to “Jobs Created OR Saved”?

Bishop on September 14, 2011 at 9:04 PM

I happen to believe that Obama was a fool for promising things like an 8% unemployment ceiling. As for GDP I don’t recall if he made any promises. After the events of 2007, I refuse to believe anyone – republican or democrat – can just adjust some domestic policies and magically generate growth rates in excess of 5%, or full employment.

ernesto on September 14, 2011 at 9:02 PM

This is why I hold out hope for you. You are mostly sensible.

carbon_footprint on September 14, 2011 at 9:04 PM

JohnGalt23 on September 14, 2011 at 9:01 PM

The flight to the safety of treasury bills sort of runs counter to your assertion, no? If budgetary stability were that much of an issue here, wouldn’t people stop buying Tbills? Or at least not buy them in such quantity that their yields fall to record lows?

ernesto on September 14, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Whispers as if a calamity has befallen a family member: “you mean, solyndra green?
carbon_footprint on September 14, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

AttackWatch has eyes everywhere. EVerywhere.

Bishop on September 14, 2011 at 9:08 PM

But the CNN/Opinion Research poll found that a majority of Americans trust Obama over the GOP on handling the economy.

Yeah, and Col Sanders raised chickens just for pets.

GarandFan on September 14, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Taxpayer $ to NPR & PBS. They say they don’t get much so they won’t miss it.

Dingbat63 on September 14, 2011 at 9:10 PM

FACT:

Obama has been doing a Kubicki Stripper Pole dance for
three years,and its the same montra,over,and over again!

It feels like every day,since 2008,its a bizarre “Ground
Hog Day movie”,where America wakes up,Hopey is on tv,and
talks about creating jobs,

and then repeats the next day,and viola,its still the same
daily political rant!!
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canopfor on September 14, 2011 at 9:11 PM

I want Obama to go on vacation and play as much golf as humanly possible. He can eat bacon cheeseburgers and drink milkshakes until he is sick to his stomach. I want Obama to jump on his Canadian made bus and campaign to his heart’s content. I want Obama to visit Japan, Indonesia, Austriala, the South Pole, and Mars.

Every moment he’s not in the Oval Office is a moment of disaster averted.

Hog Wild on September 14, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Whispers as if a calamity has befallen a family member: “you mean, solyndra green?
carbon_footprint on September 14, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

AttackWatch has eyes everywhere. EVerywhere.

Bishop on September 14, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Crap, Bish, I know. I have turned myself in at least nine times today.

carbon_footprint on September 14, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

AttackWatch has eyes everywhere. EVerywhere.
Bishop on September 14, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Bishop:D*mmitt,I hope they’re not imbedded in my Useage Based Internet Meter thingy:)

canopfor on September 14, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Here’s a thought Obama : Quit doing crap that hurts job creation and quit wasting time on Green jobs.

Now nobody tell on me. Please.

CW on September 14, 2011 at 9:14 PM

The flight to the safety of treasury bills sort of runs counter to your assertion, no? If budgetary stability were that much of an issue here, wouldn’t people stop buying Tbills? Or at least not buy them in such quantity that their yields fall to record lows?

ernesto on September 14, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Well, we are still better than the other Western countries. Europe is about to put us all in a lot more pain! Oh yeah, that is the system that Luba want to push us towards.

bluemarlin on September 14, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

AttackWatch has eyes everywhere. EVerywhere.
Bishop on September 14, 2011 at 9:08 PM

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Some hosts may challenge your views. Stay calm and firm.
If you can’t get through, don’t worry! If the show you call is busy or not accepting calls at the moment you call in, simply click “Give me another show” to find another.

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canopfor on September 14, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Luba = libs

bluemarlin on September 14, 2011 at 9:21 PM

JohnGalt23 on September 14, 2011 at 9:01 PM

The flight to the safety of treasury bills sort of runs counter to your assertion, no? If budgetary stability were that much of an issue here, wouldn’t people stop buying Tbills? Or at least not buy them in such quantity that their yields fall to record lows?

ernesto on September 14, 2011 at 9:08 PM

No, the flight to safety proves the assertion. Here in the United States ordinary people are demanding their political leaders deal with the federal budget deficit, and public debt upon threat of being removed from the public office they hold if they don’t.

In Europe, especially Greece, ordinary people are withdrawing what money they have from Greek banks at a rate, and for a period of time that threatens a complete collapse of Greek banks which would bring down European banks, even governments. People are withdrawing their money because they can see that there is no political answer to the government debt problem beyond more borrowing. Ordinary people see their politicians doing nothing more than continuing to borrow, and ordinary citizens see no method of removing those politicians from office.

Relative to Europe, the US political process, and budget process appears relatively stable compared to the undeniable mess in the Eurozone.

Skandia Recluse on September 14, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Now nobody tell on me. Please.

CW on September 14, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Sorry, CW, it is just a knee jerk reaction at this point. I reported you at 9:14:47 EST.

carbon_footprint on September 14, 2011 at 9:23 PM

I happen to believe that Obama was a fool for promising things like an 8% unemployment ceiling. As for GDP I don’t recall if he made any promises. After the events of 2007, I refuse to believe anyone – republican or democrat – can just adjust some domestic policies and magically generate growth rates in excess of 5%, or full employment.

ernesto on September 14, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Ok, got it, I will just distance myself from ever believing in my original assumptions on all of our assertions, IF, they do not work! Maybe you should look at history like I mentioned above and see growth rates under Reagan, there were many quarters over 5%. obviously not all were but he had some in 7% as well.

bluemarlin on September 14, 2011 at 9:25 PM

As for GDP I don’t recall if he made any promises.

ernesto on September 14, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Yes he did. He ran the CBO numbers on Obamacare at 4.5+ percent GDP growth last year, 5+ percent growth this year, and so on.

John the Libertarian on September 14, 2011 at 9:28 PM

bluemarlin on September 14, 2011 at 9:25 PM

In all honesty, I see the global economic situation – particularly Europe – as a pretty much insurmountable obstacle to 5%+ growth rates. With demand depressed across the board, and new markets shrinking fast, where does our economy turn to generate that sort of growth?? It can’t reshuffle money around and call it growth, as we did during the dot com and then housing bubbles of the last 15 years or so. I hope I’m wrong, but I just don’t see where you go from here.

ernesto on September 14, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Yes he did. He ran the CBO numbers on Obamacare at 4.5+ percent GDP growth last year, 5+ percent growth this year, and so on.

John the Libertarian on September 14, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Good god, what ridiculousness. Never in a million years, even as a committed liberal, would I have made that assertion.

ernesto on September 14, 2011 at 9:36 PM

In all honesty, I see the global economic situation – particularly Europe – as a pretty much insurmountable obstacle to 5%+ growth rates. With demand depressed across the board, and new markets shrinking fast, where does our economy turn to generate that sort of growth?? It can’t reshuffle money around and call it growth, as we did during the dot com and then housing bubbles of the last 15 years or so. I hope I’m wrong, but I just don’t see where you go from here.

ernesto on September 14, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Quite simply, start with these principles/goals.

Reduce Growth of Government spending.
Reduce Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax.
Reduce Government regulation.

Get government out of the way, let the entrepreneurial spirit of America loose. Help reduce energy costs instead of driving them up! Get the money sitting on the sidelines comfortable with investing in America again as opposed to being terrified of what is coming at them next. Repeal Obamacare! That is a good start anyway.

bluemarlin on September 14, 2011 at 9:53 PM

bluemarlin on September 14, 2011 at 9:53 PM

It’s a good start in many ways, its not enough for 5%+. The only way we’ve done that in the last 15 years is with artificial asset bubbles.

ernesto on September 14, 2011 at 10:03 PM

The only way we’ve done that in the last 15 years is with artificial asset bubbles.

ernesto on September 14, 2011 at 10:03 PM

There is a tremendous amount of pent-up demand for investment opportunities as evidenced in the trillions in capital that has been side-lined due to regulatory uncertainty and the threat of higher tax rates.

If you can promise a consistent climate for 3-5 years out so that investors can at least do the math, you’re going to see huge changes.

John the Libertarian on September 14, 2011 at 10:11 PM

False dichotomy.

Bing. This reminds me of Bret Baiers’ question in the Fox News GOP debate about spending cuts vs. tax increases. (Point: there is no such thing as a spending cut, so WTF are you talking about?)

This is what you get when economically illiterate retarded media liberals ask questions about fiscal and economic policy. Gibberish.

What, exactly, do these mother-fuc*ers think will happen (and will have happened) if 6 million people go back to work, hmmm? Would that be because consumers were spending, retailers were selling, manufacturers were producing, exporters were exporting, lenders were lending, transportation was moving, energy producers were cranking, and tax revenues were skyrocketing?

Job creation and deficit reduction are hand and glove.

Jaibones on September 14, 2011 at 10:50 PM

All three polls are non-sense.

A poll in a liberal Democrat stronghold just happened. It screams that even there they are anti Obama on every level.

CNN , Anything NBC plus anyone else, and Bloomberg are not trustable. NO POLLS ARE .

In March of 1980, the polls claimed Reagan was too conservative and Carter woudl beat him by 25 percent. The actual poll in the election booth proved them false.

Polls are nothing more than half guessing and manipulation used for propaganda purposes.
Elections matter, not 1000 demo adjusted respondents.

LeeSeneca on September 14, 2011 at 10:54 PM

Poll: Americans want Obama, Congress to focus on job creation rather than deficit

Stupid damn polls. Any sane American just wants 0bama, Congress to get the hell out of the way and quit stealing from them and their children to give to their cronies.

LegendHasIt on September 14, 2011 at 10:59 PM

Dude. Just play golf. What can they say, you’re the President. Take a load off.

Kenosha Kid on September 14, 2011 at 11:30 PM

Obama should focus on the book he will write after his one-term Presidency, titled,
“What Happened? I Thought I was the One!”

Or maybe his first book will more correctly reflect his true accomplishment as President:
“How to Play Lots of Golf and Avoid Being Home with that Wife”.

albill on September 15, 2011 at 5:58 AM

The problem with this thinking is they want you to believe that you can have one without the other, when in fact they are both reliant on one another. You can’t have more jobs with a broke and weak country and also an uneven global manufacturing environment.

SGinNC on September 15, 2011 at 11:46 AM