Widespread media coverage of new national poll offers insight into voter attitudes on manufacturing, jobs
Yesterday's release of a new national poll by the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) has garnered widespread coverage from the national media.
In addition to prompt morning coverage in both Politico's 'Playbook' and 'Morning Money' briefings, a number of print and blog journalists have reported on the poll's key findings, namely that U.S. voters want strong action on manufacturing to help rebuild the U.S. economy.
As the poll reveals, voter strongly favor manufacturing and will seek candidates in the fall election who will fight for a revitalilzed industrial base.
Some coverage so far, from yesterday and today:
In the Financial Times, James Politi led with the poll's findings on China. He reported that a "majority of Americans say the US needs to toughen its trade policies with China." He also quoted AAM Executive Director Scott Paul as saying that Americans "get that something is not right about what we are doing with China."
IndustryWeek's Steve Minter cited voters' 97% favorable view of goods made in the U.S., and that there is a "high level of support across the electorate for strong Buy America programs for public works."
Roll Call's Niels Lesniewski focused on the recent flap about U.S. Olympic uniforms being made in China, and why such controversies can be used as a way to press for further “Buy America” provisions to promote domestic manufacturing provisions.
In the Quad City Times, Ed Tibbetts cited 83 percent of Americans having an unfavorable view of companies that outsource work.
The Colorado Springs Business Journal's Amy Gillentine quoted Scott Paul: “It’s striking how clearly voters—Republican and Democrat alike—see strengthening manufacturing as the key to rebuilding the U.S. economy."
At NPR's Ohio affiliate, WKSU, reporter Simon Husted focused on 61 percent voter support for the 2009 rescue of the U.S. auto industry. Husted including an audio link to yesterday's teleconference briefing of the poll's key findings.
ABC News.com distributed an article on the poll to a number of radio affiliates throughout the U.S. Reporter Amy Bingham found it particularly noteworthy that “Buy America” policies encouraging the use of products made in the U.S. are "hugely popular across party lines."
AFL-CIO Now correspondent Tula Connell emphasized the 83 percent of voters who say they have an unfavorable view of companies that outsource jobs to China. She also focused on the "vast majority" of voters—87 percent of Republicans, 87 percent of Independents and 91 percent of Democrats—who support strong Buy America preferences for public works,
Dave Johnson at OurFuture.org found a strongly pro-manufacturing message in the poll's conclusions: By a sizable margin, voters rate manufacturing as the industry “most important to the overall strength of the American economy” and support a national strategy to restore America’s global leadership in manufacturing.
And, YahooNews quoted Scott Paul on the flaws of outsourcing: "On the federal level if we can expose where we can see tax dollars leaking overseas we can reverse it because there is the political will to do that."
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