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Jobs Recovery Is a Priority for Americans of Both Political Parties According to a New Carnegie Corporation of New York-Gallup Survey

Nine in ten want the country to rebound from economic hardships with a plan that provides jobs, training, and education.

Three out of four Americans, including nearly identical numbers of Democrats and Republicans, say that the weak economy has become the most urgent concern in recent months. An overwhelming number from both political parties favor a national program that would provide paid work and training opportunities while addressing national and community needs(Gallup ).

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A new survey by @CarnegieCorp and @Gallup looks at Americans’ opinions on the most important issues facing the nation and priorities for a COVID-19 economic recovery.

These are among the findings of a public opinion poll from Carnegie Corporation of New York and GallupBack to Work: Listening to Americans.Back to Work: Listening to Americans. It indicates a broad, bipartisan consensus on what a COVID-19 economic recovery plan must address. The findings come during an economic downturn with significant, long-term unemployment among workers in sectors directly affected by the pandemic, such as food service and hospitality, as well as others who were already losing jobs due to automation or changing consumer demand.

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Among the survey highlights:

  • 76 percent say that during the past six months, the most urgent issue has become the economic recession and job loss; 62 percent say access to healthcare and health insurance
  • 93 percent “strongly favor” or “favor” a national program that would provide paid work and job training opportunities, including 98 percent of Democrats and 87 percent of Republicans
  • 64 percent say they would support such a program because it would promote long-term economic growth by putting people back to work and helping them build skills for future jobs, including a majority of both Democrats and Republicans
  • 62 percent across both parties say that pairing paid work with education or training opportunities is the best way to prepare people for future jobs versus paid work (17 percent) or education (16 percent) alone
  • 80 percent or more of Democrats and Republicans assign a “high” or “medium” priority to six goals that could be addressed by creating new jobs as part of this program:
    • Delivering food and medical prescriptions or providing care to elderly and other vulnerable populations
    • Addressing the impact of lost learning for K–12 students
    • Building and repairing infrastructure
    • Preventing and addressing the consequences of natural disasters
    • Expanding access to quality childcare
    • Expanding access to high-speed Internet

“The survey tells us that we must move quickly to help young people make important transitions to college and career while creating alternative pathways for workers who lack the skills and training needed for a rapidly changing jobs market,” said LaVerne Evans Srinivasan, vice president of Carnegie Corporation of New York’s National Program and program director for Education. “Our schools, communities, and economy are inextricably linked and require a coherent strategy aimed at overcoming our shared challenges and reaching long-term economic growth and prosperity.”

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