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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs Are Still the Country’s First Priority

The top concern for voters — creating good jobs — has remained essentially unchanged since President Obama took office. The American people want good jobs, and there simply aren’t enough of them being created. Creating good jobs is the highest priority for the next president and is ranked as very or extremely important by the most Americans. From Gallup:

Next, how important a priority should each of the following issues be for the next president -- extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not that important. How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]? July 2012 results

With very slow growth and unemployment still above 8 percent, where it has been during Obama’s entire tenure, unless there is some truly major event, the issue of jobs will trump everything else this November. Obama needs to convince the American people that even though he has failed on this front he still deserves a second chance for some reason. Even against a flawed challenger like Mitt Romney, that is a very difficult task.  In retrospect Obama’s ill-conceived pivot to the deficit in 2011 looks like a worse decision with every passing day.

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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs Are Still the Country’s First Priority

The top concern for voters — creating good jobs — has remained essentially unchanged since President Obama took office. The American people want good jobs, and there simply aren’t enough of them being created. Creating good jobs is the highest priority for the next president and is ranked as very or extremely important by the most Americans. From Gallup:

Next, how important a priority should each of the following issues be for the next president -- extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not that important. How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]? July 2012 results

With very slow growth and unemployment still above 8 percent, where it has been during Obama’s entire tenure, unless there is some truly major event, the issue of jobs will trump everything else this November. Obama needs to convince the American people that even though he has failed on this front he still deserves a second chance for some reason. Even against a flawed challenger like Mitt Romney, that is a very difficult task. In retrospect Obama’s ill-conceived pivot to the deficit in 2011 looks like a worse decision with every passing day.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com

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