Job creation expected to be biggest differentiator in election

As the 2012 election season is underway, 49 percent of Americans say their votes in November will be most influenced jobs creation, according to the recent Workplace Insights survey by Adecco Staffing US, a recruitment and work force solutions provider. 

The survey also shows that 36 percent of respondents say President Obama has the most successful plan to create jobs in the U.S.  Among the Republican candidates, only 15 percent of respondents say Mitt Romney has the best plan to create jobs while 8 percent say Ron Paul has the best plan. Seven percent of respondents support Newt Gingrich’s plan, and only 3 percent of respondents say Rick Santorum has the most successful vision to create jobs.

"With economic growth and recovery still taking place, job creation is still understandably one of the most important things on the minds of Americans," says Joyce Russell, executive vice president and president of Adecco Staffing US. "Given how many people are still looking for work, it should be no surprise that this issue has the power to ultimately decide who will win the 2012 presidential election."

Respondents also believe the government should help bridge the job skills gap as 64 percent of respondents say the government should provide job seekers with additional skills training or education. Additionally, 66 percent of respondents say the government should offer incentives, such as tax breaks, to businesses. Only 4 percent of respondents say the government is doing exactly what is needed to create more jobs.

Sixty-three percent of respondents view temporary employment more positively than they did last year. In fact, 86 percent of respondents say a temporary job is a suitable career option for job seekers searching for valuable work experience.

While 21 percent of respondents blame corporations and businesses little job creation, Congress and the federal government are also being faulted at 18 percent and 15 percent, respectively. Fourteen percent of respondents say President Obama is most to blame. Still, 60 percent of respondents expect to see more available jobs this year. 

The survey also finds that 31 percent of respondents say job security is most important to them, a jump from 21 percent in 2011. Job security is so important that 64 percent of respondents would consider leaving their current employers if guaranteed job security were available, which is lower than those who would leave their jobs for increased salary or compensation at 72 percent.

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