Poll: Business leaders better job creators

Aug. 9, 2011 at 5:44 PM
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. voters say they think the U.S. government should help create jobs, but said the matter would be better left to business leaders, Rasmussen Reports said.

Results released Tuesday indicate 75 percent of likely voters think it is at least somewhat important for the government to undertake a new program designed to create jobs. Twenty percent of voters said they thought it was not very or not at all important for the government to start a program aimed at job creation.

However, 64 percent said they think decisions made by U.S. business leaders to help their own businesses grow would do more to create jobs than decisions made by government officials, Rasmussen said. Twenty-seven percent said they thought decisions made by government officials will create more jobs.

Rasmussen Reports said 50 percent of voters favor President Obama's latest proposal that would give companies tax credits of up to $9,600 for each young military veteran they hire under a program estimated to cost $120 million and create 25,000 new jobs. Thirty-two percent said they oppose the proposal, while another 18 percent said they were undecided.

Results are based on a nationwide telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted on Sunday and Monday. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.

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