Post-election assessment of what voters find important

Monday, November 28, 2016
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

manufacturing unionsWorking-class voters helped determine this election, and one organization was interested to learn what they want from Washington.

A bipartisan poll commissioned by the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) finds manufacturing, infrastructure, and trade policy reform are big priorities for many Americans.

"They're also concerned about terrorism, but the economy and jobs dominate people's thoughts, and manufacturing in particular found its way into a lot of voters' sweet spot in this election, and they responded to Trump's message on it," says Scott Paul, president of the AAM.

Paul

The survey was conducted by The Mellman Group and North Star Opinion Research (firms that poll for Democratic and Republican candidates respectively). 85 percent of those surveyed support a national manufacturing strategy. Support for a manufacturing strategy is robust among both Trump voters (89 percent) and Clinton voters (83 percent).

"They polled 1,200 voters nationwide, people who had voted in the 2016 election," Paul explains. "They started this the Thursday after the election, and it was done through both landline and mobile phones. We think we have a pretty accurate assessment of what voters were thinking."

Nearly two-thirds (66 percent) of voters were very worried that "too many jobs are being shipped overseas," and more than two-thirds (68 percent) are very concerned that America has lost too many manufacturing jobs at home.

The bipartisan survey also shows that significant majorities in both parties support cracking down on unfair trade practices (63 percent), offering more job training for workers (78 percent), and reforming the tax code to encourage U.S. manufacturers to invest here (71 percent).

"It's important that you, if you believe in technology and believe in high-tech progress, to also believe in manufacturing," Paul concludes.

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