POLL: Americans' bleak outlook on jobs
August 12th, 2011
07:06 AM ET
7 years ago

POLL: Americans' bleak outlook on jobs

New York (CNNMoney) - Americans are feeling pretty grim about jobs these days.

Only 29% of respondents to a poll released Friday believe more jobs will be available in their communities a year from now.

On top of that, a mere 44% said they believe that the same number of jobs will be available. And 26% take the even bleaker viewpoint that jobs will decline, according to the CNN/ORC poll.


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    They say that President Obama has deported more illegal immigrants than any other President.
    Why don't you start by working the jobs that they left behind. You know the ones: cleaning hotel rooms, nannies, maids, produce pickers in the hot sun, Mickey D's. All the crappy jobs that you have to work in addition to the other two crappy jobs to find one of your 'ends', though not quite make them meet.
    Start there America and stop feeling sorry for yourselves.

    August 12, 2011 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  2. wiredWeirdinSF

    You just can't take trillions of dollars and give it to corrupt union bosses and expect anything. That is the problem with all of the "stimulus" money Obama spent. Remember he promised if he got it, unemployment would not rise above 8%. He got it and of course it did. Also remember the "summer of prosperity" from last years failed crap the administration put out. Also remember all of the lies about Obozocare another disasterous faiure in the making. This president is inept, incomptent and corrupt. He is running out of things and people to blame, a gutless wonder, class warrior, and divider. In other words a total fraud.

    August 12, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  3. Name king

    Obama need to find a way around the repugs obstructionist, who want to see the country fail just to get him out of office. He need to get a czar over the modernization of our infrastructure and transportation system, which would create millions of jobs and vying back factories that have fled America overseas. Obama cannot allow the states to be in control of this project because they'll use the money for something totally different then blame the president for an ineffective stimulus like they did the last time, especially when you have so much repug governor that hates this president guts. Obama need to raise taxes on every one especially the rich to pay for this project, this will keep money in this country circulating among America for a change.

    August 12, 2011 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  4. GI Joe

    The republicans will cause this country to fail, if that's what it takes to get a half-white man out of their WhiteHouse. It's been said over and over. Look at how many of them have signed pledges that almost guarantee absolute financial failure of this country. They block bills and blame President Obama.

    The solution is to get rid of Congress (who block everything). NO MORE PLEDGE SIGNERS EVER. The Oath of Office is all that is needed. The rest is worship of their GOD Norquist.

    August 12, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  5. L4Legend

    In 2010 the republikkkans ran on a "job creation" platform. Since the election they can't find their way out of a shower (the kind with only one opening) and they had supported any job legislation. They are too sorry to help the suffering and the down trodden, yet they call themselves Christians. America is actually sick of the whackos and I wish they would all go away. Yesterday there were reports of some out "playing" golf and getting their "happy hour" on.

    August 12, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    There are 3 million jobs out there – TAKE THEM!! Do you want to know WHY? JOBS are NOT coming back to America the way the RIGHT wants you to believe………..PERIOD!! Stop believing that if we keep the TAX BREAKS in place for BIG corporations and businesses that are overseas, the jobs will come back!!! They are NOT!

    The ONLY reason why BIG corporations and businesses went overseas is the mere fact that WAGES are much lower there than America. They pay 1 dollar, 2 dollars, 3 dollars an hour or less and NO ONE in America will accept those wages. If we get rid of all of the LOOPHOLES – businesses will, in essence, pay more taxes. Therefore, that’s NOT going to work. There will have to be a balance of 1) getting rid of LOOPHOLES and 2) LOWER taxes in order for businesses to be satisfied – they will NOT lose in that scenario and still keep their $billions in profit. THIS, however, will NOT bring them back from overseas! Paying us our wages will “keep them from earning their million/trillion dollar bonuses”……………….THINK ABOUT IT!!

    TheRIGHT could care less about the middle class/lower class – all they want to do is protect their BIG CORPs and that’s it.

    August 12, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  7. jim

    I work in IT. The company I work for ships around 1000 consultant jobs to India – jobs that could be for folks in my community, but there are not. The jobs are offshored and the jobs that could be used by people in my community, are replaced by foreigners with the work visas. I am a minority at my work place. There is no union where I work. I hear people say that companies send jobs overseas because of unions. Again, there is no union where I work, so I don't agree with that. argument.

    I hear that if we raise taxes on companies, they will move overseas. Sorry, but they have already done that. The only thing that is American in these companies is the upper management. If a company that send jobs overseas and pays low taxes as they do right now, then let them leave our country – what good are they to America in the first place, other than buying the garbage products that they sell to us? – LET THEM LEAVE!

    Lastly, I get tired of people talk about Obama and socialism and how bad it is. Well, look at it this way .....

    American free capitalism is what started the great depression in the 20s/30s, which spread world wide, which in turn was the reason Hitler came to power, which caused the deaths of over 50 million people. - It was American free capitalism that caused that – not socialism.

    And now American free capitalism did it again in 2008. It was American free capitalism that caused the great recession that we have today – not communism, and not socialism. We are to blame, yet we try to convince they world that free capitalism is the way to go.

    Maybe it's time for another Hitler.

    August 12, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  8. diridi

    Obama, please focus on Manufacturing, Green Energy, Oil-Independence, Infrastructure, strict immigration, Public-Transportation, look, India has excellent public transportation, why not we?
    Manufacturing, Green Energy, Oil-Independence, Infrastructure, strict immigration, Public-Transportation, focus....good luck, god bless....Obama2012.....

    August 12, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Our manufacturing sector was devasted during the 2000's. We began the decade with over 17 million manufacturing jobs, and we ended the decade with 10 million. Almost all of those job loses were a result of manufacturing being moved overseas. None of those jobs are coming back anytime soon without some sort of dramatic shift in the socio-economic balance across the globe.

    The populist argument coming from conservative is because of high taxes, and high labor costs. Manufacturing is cheapest where the raw materials for your product can be obtained for the lowest costs, and delivery to your consumer is at the lowest cost. These two factors rarely coincide, and so a balance must be struck between the two. Case in point, it is cheaper to sell cars in the US if they are manufactured in the US. Importing vehicles across the Pacific or Atlantic is costly.

    Many products can be produced almost anywhere. Manufacturing is moving to where demand is growing the fastest, where the cost of delivering goods to the consumer is low. We live in a global economy and Americans are no longer the chief consumers of many of the manufactured goods being sold around the world. That, is a major factor in why manufacturing is moving overseas, too.

    August 12, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  10. Gerald Chertavian

    Scary statistics...the unemployed are discouraged, and corporations cannot find the talent they need. Whether tax cuts, stimulus, or a new idea, jobs need to be created. A shortage in talent is part of the problem. What about new job training programs specifically developed for open jobs? Incentives for students to take part in these programs, and companies to hire from them? Food for thought.

    August 12, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  11. Indy

    I wish people would wake up to the fact it is not Presidents who create jobs. It is local government,Governors and business owners that work within the supply,demand and innovation. If you want to blame someone for the unemployment rate blame your Governor and local representatives. The business owners are responsible for marketing their products and services and keeping up with the ever changing global markets. Everyone needs to look out of their windows once in awhile and see that the entire world is suffering financially and this affects the supply and demand of products and services and you cant blame Obama for everything that is wrong in the world.

    August 12, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    "The ONLY reason why BIG corporations and businesses went overseas is the mere fact that WAGES are much lower there than America."
    No, not really. The fact that the corporate tax rates are much lower in those countries has a LOT to do with it.

    August 12, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  13. Fair is Fair

    "American free capitalism is what started the great depression in the 20s/30s, which spread world wide, which in turn was the reason Hitler came to power, which caused the deaths of over 50 million people. – It was American free capitalism that caused that – not socialism. "
    I hope you didn't have to pay for the history class that you "learned" this in.

    August 12, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Fair wrote:
    No, not really. The fact that the corporate tax rates are much lower in those countries has a LOT to do with it.
    I agree. The US corporations can deduct those foreign taxes paid off of their US taxes. That means they can manufacture overseas tax-free. That has a whole LOT to do with it. Many corporations can reduce their tax obligations to zero through this loophole.

    August 12, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. coy4one

    Don't beleive these bytes about Perry bringing jobs to Texas.... This is an oil state and as you know for the past couple of years, oil companies have been racking in the dough that YOU'VE PAID FOR! As a result, oil companies are hiring and our state (including Houston) are full of out of state license plates from people migrating from all over the country. These jobs would have come to Texas no matter who the governor was, so Perry did not bring anything into Texas. He is just riding on the success of oil. In fact, Texas leads the nation in outsourced jobs to foreign countries, so think about that before you think about Perry being the "jobs" President!!

    August 12, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. cindy

    All pledgers need to get their checks from Norquist Ilk and all benefits too. They certainly haven't and aren't doing what we pay them to do so our government shoud not be stuck with the bill. Btw-Boehner and Norquist & Ilk-WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

    August 12, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |