SOURCE: Glassdoor


April 23, 2012 06:01 ET

Glassdoor Survey Reveals More Than One-Third of Americans Feel a Change in the White House Would Be Positive for Job Creation

'Getting Americans Back to Work' Tops List of Jobs-Related Issues Voters Want to See Presidential Candidates Focus on, Though Priorities for Men & Women Differ

SAUSALITO, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 23, 2012) - Glassdoor, the leading social jobs and career community, has released the results of a new survey1 conducted online on its behalf by Ipsos Media, revealing how Americans think the results of the upcoming presidential election will affect job creation, and which issues they want candidates to focus on when it comes to improving the outlook for jobs and unemployment.

More Than One-Third Feel Presidential Change Would Be Positive For Job Creation

Now that the race is heating up, presidential candidates may want to consider focusing their message more on job creation. According to the survey, more than one-third of Americans (39 percent) feel a change in the White House this year would have a positive effect on job creation, while just 15 percent think the impact would be negative. Nearly one-third of Americans (32 percent) feel a change would have no impact on job creation and 14 percent remain unsure.

More than two-thirds (68 percent) of Republicans think a change will be positive for job creation, while far fewer Democrats (21 percent) and Independents (37 percent) think so. Men (42 percent) are also more likely to think a change would have a positive effect than women (35 percent).

Do you feel that a change in the White House/ Administration will signal a positive or negative effect on job creation? All
None/ Not Registered
Positive 39 21 68 37 19 42 35
Negative 15 30 6 14 9 16 14
I do not think it will have an impact 32 36 18 35 45 32 33
Unsure 14 13 8 14 27 10 18

Voters Want Focus On Getting Americans Back To Work, Women More So Than Men

More than two-thirds (67 percent) of Americans think reducing unemployment and getting Americans back to work should be at the top of the priority list for presidential candidates, when it comes to jobs and employment issues. This sentiment is consistent across party lines although more women (71 percent) than men (62 percent) consider getting Americans back to work a priority.

In order of importance, jobs-related priorities Americans want candidates to focus on include:

  • 67 percent - Reducing unemployment and getting Americans back to work
  • 46 percent - Incentives for large corporations to hire Americans / keep jobs in the U.S.
  • 45 percent - Creating jobs in the private sector
  • 45 percent - Incentives for small business and entrepreneurs
  • 42 percent - Increase income tax for those making more than $250,000 per year
  • 41 percent - Income tax relief
  • 40 percent - Help getting military veterans back to work
  • 40 percent - Supporting American innovation
  • 38 percent - Creating jobs in the public sector
  • 30 percent - Reduce work visas for non-U.S. citizens

INFOGRAPHIC: View or download the infographic highlighting survey results from the Glassdoor Press Center.

For more details and methodology of the survey, please contact

1 Methodology: Ipsos poll conducted March 16-18, 2012. For the survey, a national sample of 2,013 adults aged 18 and older from Ipsos' U.S. online panel were interviewed online, including 555 Democrats, 570 Republicans, 479 Independents and 180 not registered to vote. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics and ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the U.S. adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. A survey with an unweighted probability sample of this size, the results are considered accurate within ±2.18 percentage points when it comes to the entire sample 19 times out of 20, of what they would have been had the entire population of adults aged 18 and older in the U.S. had been polled. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error, and measurement error.

About Glassdoor
Glassdoor is a social jobs and career community that helps employees, job seekers, employers and recruiters find and share detailed information about specific jobs and companies across the globe. Users have the ability to leverage their Facebook network to uncover Inside Connections at a company, see the latest job listings, as well as get access to proprietary user-generated content including salary data, company reviews, interview questions and reviews, office photos and CEO approval ratings. Glassdoor was founded in 2007 and launched its website in 2008. Headquartered in Sausalito, Calif., Glassdoor has raised $22.2 million from its founders, Benchmark Capital, Sutter Hill Ventures and Battery Ventures. More information about Glassdoor can be found on its blog, and by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. is a registered trademark; Inside Connections and JobScope are a trademark of Glassdoor, Inc.

About Ipsos Media
Ipsos is one of the fastest growing market research companies in the U.S., market leader in Canada, and among the most trusted research brands in North America. With more than 2,800 professionals and support staff in the U.S. and Canada, Ipsos offers a suite of research services -- guided by industry experts and bolstered by advanced analytics and methodologies -- in advertising, customer loyalty, marketing, media and public affairs research, as well as survey management, forecasting, modeling, and consulting. Ipsos companies offer a complete line of custom, syndicated, omnibus, panel, and online research products and services.

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