Voters want President-Elect Donald Trump to focus primarily on bringing jobs back and protecting those already here, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday.
The poll, which surveyed 2,000 registered voters and was conducted Dec. 28-29, asked respondents to rank which of Trump’s policy proposals they hoped he would target first. Only 5 percent of respondents to the poll chose a non-jobs-related policy as the issue area where they thought Trump should focus.
“We need to keep these jobs here … If we can use a carrot rather than a stick, that’s the way that we need to do this.”
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A whopping 95 percent of those surveyed explicitly wanted the new administration to focus on fighting for American jobs. Among that overwhelming bloc of voters, 48 percent said they wanted a revamp of manufacturing jobs to be Trump’s top concern and 47 percent chose repatriating offshore jobs as their top priority.
“It’s no surprise that Americans want Trump to focus on jobs in his inauguration speech,” Morning Consult Chief Researcher and co-founder Kyle Dropp told Politico. “It is one of the messages his supporters liked most during the election and has continued as a major focus of his since he was elected president.”
GOP members of Congress should take seriously the intense focus of voters on jobs and the economy — instead of making major blunders by prioritizing agenda items which are easily classified as out-of-step with the concerns of ordinary Americans.
Congressional Republicans faced intense backlash and criticism after they voted Monday evening to gut the independent Office of Congressional Ethics and place it under the control of legislators.
After learning of the GOP members’ decision, Trump blasted them on Twitter Tuesday morning, saying, “With all that Congress has to work on, do they really have to make the weakening of the Independent Ethics Watchdog, as unfair as it.”
The president-elect bluntly expressed his concern over the order of priorities in Congress, and that concern is shared by the millions of American workers who voted him into office. It took a single tweet for the Republican members of congress to begin taking Trump’s cues and announce the ethics panel would remain intact late Tuesday.
As for Trump’s upcoming inaugural speech Jan. 20, approximately 49 percent of the voters polled said it was “very important” for Trump to promote healing in a deeply divided country — all while working tirelessly on behalf of the American people.
Since clinching his Election Day victory against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Trump has demonstrated a laser focus on the jobs crisis by going after U.S. companies considering overseas production via Twitter and verbal remarks. After Trump’s targeting, some companies have announced plans to shift production back to the U.S. or to maintain production in the country.
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“I’m glad that it’s happening. We need to keep these jobs here,”Joe Kernan, co-host of CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” said Wednesday on “The Laura Ingraham Show” regarding to Trump’s focus on jobs. “If we can use a carrot rather than a stick, that’s the way that we need to do this.”