States Lack Confidence in American Jobs Act, According to Latest American Pulse™ Survey

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6,169 respondents participated in the 1st September American Pulse conducted 9/12-9/14/2011. The latest results show that most Americans in key states are not confident that the American Jobs Act will pass, be fully paid for or deliver on all of its propositions.

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3 in 5 (61.3%) Americans think the Jobs Act will end up adding to the federal deficit if it is passed into law.

On September 8th, President Obama proposed the American Jobs Act as a way to boost the economy by getting Americans back to work. However, most Americans are not confident that this plan will live up to its expectations, according to the latest American Pulse™ Survey of 6,169 respondents.

Only a third (33.7%) of Adults 18+ thinks the American Jobs Act is a good plan (vs. 28.2% who don’t think so, 33.0% who don’t know and 5.1% who haven’t heard of the American Jobs Act). Citizens of Virginia, with 37.1%, appear most likely to agree that the proposed plan is a good one, compared to other key political states. Citizens of North Carolina are least likely to agree; only 28.3% in NC are favorable of the American Jobs Act.

% in Each State That Says American Jobs Act is a Good Plan
Virginia: 37.1%
Illinois: 36.8%
Missouri: 36.0%
Pennsylvania: 35.5%
Michigan: 35.4%
Florida: 34.9%
Ohio: 32.2%
Wisconsin: 32.2%
Indiana: 31.6%
North Carolina: 28.3%

Source: American Pulse™ Survey, September-2011

Compared to other key states, Virginia appears to have the most confidence (23.5%) that the American Jobs Act will pass both houses of Congress. However, confidence in Congress across the nation is low: only 18.0% of Adults 18+ are confident or very confident that the bill will survive the House and Senate votes. 46.8% are not at all or not very confident while 35.2% are neutral.

3 in 5 (61.3%) Americans think the Jobs Act will end up adding to the federal deficit if it is passed into law and Pennsylvanians (67.1%) are most likely to agree. 71.6% of those in Florida and 71.1% of those in North Carolina suspect this bill will result in increased taxes.

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Americans show some confidence in parts of the American Jobs Act: 39.3% are somewhat/very confident that small businesses will receive tax breaks for hiring new workers, and 37.7% think it’s likely these companies will also receive tax breaks for hiring unemployed veterans. However, only 1 in 5 (20.6%) thinks schools in their community will be modernized while 1 in 4 (25.0%) is confident hundreds of thousands of teachers will go back to work.

More citizens from North Carolina think someone in their household will go back to work as a result of the American Jobs Act (24.0% vs. 18.8% among Adults 18+). Those living in Indiana appear more likely to believe they will receive a tax break (22.6% vs. 14.8% among Adults 18+) while Michigan citizens are hoping for improvements such as better roads or repaired buildings (27.8% vs. 23.3% among Adults 18+). Over half of those in Wisconsin (55.7%) don’t think the American Jobs Act will benefit them at all (vs. 47.1% of Adults 18+).

Michigan citizens are more likely to think this jobs plan will benefit the nation as a whole (44.2% vs. 39.3% of Adults 18+). However, nearly 3 in 10 (28.4%) Americans across the nation just aren’t sure how this plan will affect the country.

American Pulse™
The American Pulse™ Survey is collected online twice a month exclusively utilizing SSI’s U.S. panel covering topics such as politics, pop culture and the economy. 6,169 respondents participated in the 1st September American Pulse conducted 9/12-9/14/2011. Margin of error is +/- 1.3%.

Survey Sampling International (SSI)
Bringing together Survey Sampling International and Opinionology, SSI is the premier global provider of world-leading sampling, data collection and data analytic solutions for survey research. SSI reaches respondents in 72 countries via Internet, telephone, mobile/wireless and mixed access offerings. Value-add services include questionnaire design consultation, programming and hosting, data processing and real-time reporting. SSI serves more than 2,000 clients, including the top 50 research organizations. It has 30 offices serving clients around the world.

Chrissy Wissinger                     
Randi Honkonen                            

Ilene Siegalovsky


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