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Thursday, July 22, 2010

McEntee Urges President Obama, Congress to “Heed Lessons” in New Quinnipiac Poll

Poll finds Americans support jobs over reducing the deficit by a 2-1 margin

Washington, DC — 

Gerald W. McEntee, president of the 1.6 million member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO (AFSCME) made the following statement on today’s Quinnipiac poll showing that Americans support reducing the unemployment rate over deficit reduction by a 64-30 margin:

“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.

“President Obama and members of Congress need to heed the lessons of this poll. It’s time to pass a real jobs bill – one that includes vitally needed aid to cash-strapped state and local governments to prevent devastating job losses in both the private and public sectors.”

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