In a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, voters indicate that job creation is their top priority for the next president.
Forty-eight percent of voters said creating good jobs was “extremely important,” and 92 percent indicated that it was “extremely/very important.” Reducing corruption in the federal government and cutting federal budget deficits are also high priorities for voters.
Supporters of both candidates agree about the importance of jobs and corruption, while the deficit is a higher priority for Romney supporters than Obama supporters. In turn, Obama supporters believe the next president should have healthcare, Social Security and Medicare, and public education among his highest priorities.
Job creation has certainly been and will continue to be a major topic during the remainder of the campaign. And both candidates will surely need to outline their plans for reducing the federal budget deficit. However, it is unclear whether government corruption will become a major issue in the campaign, even though Americans see reducing it as an important goal.
The poll also has some potentially good news for Mitt Romney on these issues: “As of now, Americans believe Romney is better able to handle jobs and the deficit than Obama is. Still, the two candidates remain locked in a tight race, with voters’ presidential preferences evenly divided.”