New Poll Finds Americans Blame Washington For Manufacturing Woes

Trade group pushing trade protections and currency crackdown on China

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Americans view Washington as the main obstacle to creating new manufacturing jobs, according to a new poll from an industry group.

As President Barack Obama visits a U.S. Steel plant outside of Pittsburgh on Wednesday to highlight increased manufacturing employment and his administration’s plans for more so-called “Promise Zones,” the Alliance for American Manufacturing says Washington has lost sight of growing jobs in the sector.

The trade group’s survey, jointly conducted in early January by Democratic and Republican polling firms, found that a plurality 45 percent of Americans blame government policies that “encourage outsourcing or this country’s lack of a national manufacturing strategy to compete with China and other countries.” The poll also found that Americans rank the loss of manufacturing jobs as their top economic concern.

“Rather than blaming trends like globalization and technology, voters really believe that this is policy based,” said the group’s president, Scott Paul.

Paul said his organization briefed the White House on the poll results before Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, and will brief lawmakers in the coming days. The Alliance for American Manufacturing is calling for more trade protections for American businesses, and wants the Obama administration to take action against currency manipulation by China.

“It’s clear that the American people think that the President’s and Congress’ interest in manufacturing jobs peaked in 2012,” Paul said. “Fewer people think anyone is doing anything about manufacturing. Talking about it, that’s a different story.”

6 comments
RichardOtt
RichardOtt

Maybe the NATA trade agreement wasn't a good ideal to bring economic good times back to America.

jason024
jason024

Oh yes because companies will be flocking back to actually pay their workers a living wage with benefits and actually pay to provide a safe work environment.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

Certainly there is a lot more that needs to be done to achieve a 100% recovery from the Great Recession of 2008-09.  But things are looking up. - http://www.cnbc.com/id/101334021


I think we are finally gaining some traction and, despite everything they are doing to make matters worse in Washington D.C., things are improving.  Passing Immigration Reform as reported in the Time article here - http://swampland.time.com/2014/01/24/bloomberg-business-community-rally-again-for-immigration-reform/ -

RobertNguyen
RobertNguyen

Boycott all Chinese made goods now. A dollar spent on them is a dollar for weapons that will kill us later...

Leftcoastrocky
Leftcoastrocky

why do we continue to put up with China's currency manipulation????

EdwardE
EdwardE

ASIA FOR THE ASIANS, AFRICA FOR THE AFRICANS, WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYONE!
If “anti-racists” are so unconcerned with race, how come they only have a problem with White Countries, White Cities, White Neighborhoods, White Workplaces, White schools?
I’ve never seen any “anti-racist” complain that any place is too brown and it has to become LESS brown to combat racism.
Who do they think they are kidding?
“Multiculturalism” = White GeNOcide
Anti-Racist is a code for anti-White.