Poll reveals 80% preference for Romney’s job plan following debate
In an ongoing effort to keep up with the opinions of job seekers about the upcoming presidential election, Job.com recently asked Facebook users: “Which candidate had the best response about job creation in last night’s Presidential debate?” More than 80 million viewers tuned in for the first presidential debate of this election season, which focused on domestic policy, with special attention devoted to the economy and job creation.
When the poll concluded, 4,152 people responded to this question, with the overwhelming
majority choosing Mitt Romney’s answers in the debate as the best way to promote job creation. Eighty percent of the respondents chose Mitt Romney, while 20% chose Barack Obama in response to the question.
The question asked by moderator Jim Lehrer of each candidate was: “What are the major differences between the two of you about how you would go about creating new jobs?” Throughout the debate, both the President and Mr. Romney highlighted ways in which their presidential plans would improve the current job market. The importance of the state of the economy—and specifically jobs—was highlighted by making it the first topic of the evening.
Both candidates outlined several strategies for promoting job creation, including working toward greater energy independence and improving training for workers. President Obama’s debate remarks regarding job creation touted the importance of increasing education and training. Mr. Romney’s debate position agreed with the merit of improving education with the stipulation that such programs were the responsibility of individual states. Both candidates emphasized how their plan would address the plight of the middle class.
While the response to this unofficial poll does not represent scientific statistical findings, it does indicate the opinions of job seekers who follow Job.com and what is important to them in this election. The findings are released on the same day that polls conducted by Pew Research Center have indicated Mitt Romney may be taking the lead in the race for the presidency. The poll represents a potential shift in sentiment among job seekers and voters in general following the October 3 debate.
“Job.com is continually striving to understand the thoughts and opinions of job seekers, especially about relevant topics such as the upcoming election,” said Brian Alden, President and CEO of Job.com. “We know many of the topics being debated this election directly affect job seekers, and we want to know what they have to say.”
Throughout this presidential election season, Job.com will continue to keep up with the pulse of job seekers about their stance on the issues that matter. The next presidential debate will be on October 11, 2012, and will focus on domestic and foreign policy.