July 23, 2010
By a 64-30 margin, Americans think reducing unemployment is more important than deficit reduction according to a Quinnipiac poll released on Thursday. While the Senate was finally able to pass the long-delayed extension of unemployment benefits this week, that is just the first step in keeping our economic recovery going — and much more needs to be done.
AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee urged President Obama and Congress to "heed the lessons of this poll," and pass a real jobs bill that includes crucial federal aid to state and local governments to prevent the potentially devastating loss of up to 1 million additional public and private sector jobs.
“This poll confirms that Republican rhetoric in Washington is out of sync with average Americans. By a margin of more than 2 to 1, Americans believe that saving and creating jobs is more important than reducing the federal deficit to move our economy forward. Considering how tone-deaf Washington has become on jobs, it’s no wonder Americans are gloomy about the nation’s economic recovery.