New Nationwide Poll Shows Voters Want Candidates to Focus on Manufacturing, Infrastructure

MILWAUKEE, Jan. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new nationwide poll shows that most voters want this year's presidential candidates to take stronger positions on both manufacturing and infrastructure issues.

The nonpartisan Clarus Poll found that 70% of the national electorate would be more inclined to vote for a presidential candidate with a strong position on America's manufacturing industries and jobs while a solid 65% also said they'd be more inclined to vote for a candidate with a strong position on rebuilding the nation's infrastructure.

"It's not surprising that the majority of American voters want a president who will fiercely support U.S. manufacturing and a 21st century infrastructure," said AEM President Dennis Slater.  "What is surprising is how poorly the candidates are doing at making a commitment to voters to support these issues, which would immediately create jobs and allow us to compete globally."

The poll found that most voters don't think any of the presidential candidates have been particularly strong on these issues.  Among all voters, only Mitt Romney is rated more positively than negatively (albeit narrowly) on the manufacturing issue (+2). All of the other candidates have negative ratings higher than their positive ratings on this issue: Obama -18, Gingrich -8, Santorum -4, Paul -17.

Among all voters, only Barack Obama is rated more positively than negatively (albeit narrowly) on the infrastructure issue (+1). All of the other candidates have negative ratings higher than their positive ratings on this issue: Romney -9, Gingrich -19, Santorum -12, and Paul -17.

"Creating manufacturing jobs and rebuilding infrastructure are both very important issues for voters," said Dr. Ron Faucheux, president of Clarus Research Group. "Based on these poll results, presidential candidates would be wise to focus much more attention on them." 

About the poll:
The survey was conducted for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers by Clarus Research Group, a nonpartisan survey research firm based in Washington, D.C. The poll was conducted January 16-18, 2012, by live telephone interviews via landlines and cell phones with a random, scientific sample of 1,000 self-identified registered voters. Margin of error is +/- 3.1 percent. The following questions were asked in this order. Other than sample screening questions to select self-identified registered voters, there were no other questions asked in the survey prior to the following:

QUESTIONS ASKED AND TOPLINE RESULTS:

1. If a presidential candidate has a very strong position on strengthening America's manufacturing industries and creating more manufacturing jobs... would that make you much more inclined to vote for that candidate, somewhat more inclined to vote for that candidate, somewhat less inclined to vote for that candidate, much less inclined to vote for that candidate, or would it not affect your vote?

  • Much more inclined              36%
  • Somewhat more inclined       34%
  • Somewhat less inclined          1%
  • Much less inclined                 1%
  • Wouldn't affect vote              24%
  • Don't know/no answer            4%

2. If a presidential candidate has a very strong position on rebuilding America's infrastructure––including roads, bridges, flood control, drainage and water systems would that make you much more inclined to vote for that candidate, somewhat more inclined to vote for that candidate, somewhat less inclined to vote for that candidate, much less inclined to vote for that candidate, or would it not affect your vote?

  • Much more inclined              31%
  • Somewhat more inclined       34%
  • Somewhat less inclined          5%
  • Much less inclined                 3%
  • Wouldn't affect vote              23%
  • Don't know/no answer            4%

3. Please rate the following presidential candidates on the issue of strengthening America's manufacturing industries and creating more manufacturing jobs... a one rating means the candidate is very weak on this issue... a two means the candidate is fairly weak ... a three means the candidate is neither weak nor strong... a four means the candidate is fairly strong... and a five means the candidate is very strong on this.

 

Very weak

Fairly weak

Neither weak nor strong

Fairly strong

Very strong

Don't know/

No answer

• Barack Obama

33%

12%

18%

15%

12%

10%

• Newt Gingrich

22%

12%

23%

18%

8%

17%

• Mitt Romney

12%

13%

29%

19%

8%

19%

• Rick Santorum

16%

11%

22%

18%

5%

28%

• Ron Paul

19%

16%

23%

14%

4%

24%

4. Please rate the presidential candidates on the issue of rebuilding America's infrastructure––including roads, bridges, flood control, drainage and water systems…a one rating means the candidate is very weak on this issue... a two means the candidate is fairly weak ... a three means the candidate is neither weak nor strong... a four means the candidate is fairly strong... and a five means the candidate is very strong on this.

 

Very weak

Fairly weak

Neither weak nor strong

Fairly strong

Very strong

Don't know/ No answer

• Barack Obama

25%

9%

18%

16%

19%

13%

• Newt Gingrich

23%

14%

24%

13%

5%

21%

• Mitt Romney

13%

16%

30%

15%

5%

21%

• Rick Santorum

16%

14%

25%

14%

4%

27%

• Ron Paul

19%

15%

23%

14%

3%

26%

About I Make America – www.imakeamerica.com
I Make America is supported by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and its 850+ member companies. We are joined by the memberships of like-minded associations, American business owners, and citizens and local elected officials across the nation. To learn more about I Make America, visit us at www.IMakeAmerica.com. View short videos of employees and small business owners around the country telling the real life stories of how manufacturing affects the national economy at www.ADayinAmericanLife.com. Keep up to date on the latest I Make America campaign news on Twitter @IMakeAmerica and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/IMakeAmerica.

About the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) – www.aem.org
AEM is the North American-based international trade group providing innovative business development resources to advance the off-road equipment manufacturing industry in the global marketplace. AEM membership comprises more than 850 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors worldwide. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with offices in the capitals of Washington, D.C., Ottawa, Beijing and a European presence in Brussels.

 

 

SOURCE Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)



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