23 January 2009

Pew Research Says "It's Still the Economy, Stupid"

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press released a report yesterday stating that the economy was the number one policy priority according to Americans they surveyed.
As Barack Obama takes office, the public’s focus is overwhelmingly on domestic policy concerns – particularly the economy. Strengthening the nation’s economy and improving the job situation stand at the top of the public’s list of domestic priorities for 2009. Meanwhile, the priority placed on issues such as the environment, crime, illegal immigration and even reducing health care costs has fallen off from a year ago.

By far the economy and jobs top the list.

The share of Americans saying that strengthening the nation’s economy should be a top priority has risen from 68% two years ago to 75% last January to 85% today. Concern about jobs has risen even more sharply. The 82% who rate improving the job situation as a top priority represents a 21-point jump from 61% a year ago.

The environment and global warming are among the laggards at the bottom, with global warming dead last.

What does this tell me? It confirms that the new green economy has to be about making money and creating jobs and get beyond global warming.

Read the article and download the full report here: Pew

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press is one of seven projects that make up the Pew Research Center. The Center is supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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