October 03, 2012 08:00 ET

New Survey Reveals Obama Has the Clearer Vision for Job Creation and Lowering Unemployment, According to Employed Adults and Unemployed Job Seekers

Employees Sound Off on Employment-Related Priorities for Next President; Q3 Employment Confidence Rises in Company Outlook, Job Market and Job Security, Despite Rising Pessimism Regarding Pay Increases

SAUSALITO, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 3, 2012) - As the unemployment rate continues to hover around 8 percent, employed U.S. adults and unemployed job seekers agree that President Barack Obama is the candidate with the clearer vision to create jobs and lower the unemployment rate. According to the Glassdoor® Q3 Employment Confidence Survey1, conducted online by Harris Interactive on their behalf among 2,339 U.S. adults among whom 1,543 are employed or job-seeking, more than half (51 percent) of employees² (including those self-employed) and unemployed job seekers, believe Obama has a clearer vision for jobs creation and lowering unemployment, than Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (35 percent) or other candidates (14 percent).

Two-thirds (66 percent) of employees (including those self-employed), and the unemployed but looking, think creating new jobs in the public and private sectors should be the President's top job- and career-related priority. Other top priorities, broken down by gender, age, and employment status, are:

  • 66% - Create more jobs in private and/or public sectors
  • 52% - Create more jobs focused on innovation technology and/or energy
  • 46% - Provide education assistance
  • 42% - Retraining programs for the long-term unemployed
  • 41% - Develop job training programs
  • 36% - Equal pay for men and women
  • 28% - Cut business taxes
  • 24% - Extend unemployment benefits
  • 9% - Other

Coinciding with the election-related opinions about employment issues, employees also reveal rising confidence in terms of their company's business outlook, the job market and job security over recent quarters, although optimism regarding pay increases has retreated from last quarter.

"As we continue to rebuild the economy and pull away from the hard times of the Great Recession, employees are becoming more confident that their jobs are no longer in danger of being cut. However, employees still feel uncertain about their future earning potential," said Robert Hohman, Glassdoor founder and CEO. "This survey goes beyond politics and party affiliations -- it gets at the heart of what the American workforce believes will lead the U.S. to a healthier state of employment and which candidate they feel can lead us to better times."

Highlights from the latest quarterly Glassdoor Employment Confidence Survey are summarized below.

Company Outlook: Employee Optimism Hits All-Time High; Men More Optimistic

  • Almost half (48 percent) of employees, including those self-employed, believe their company outlook will be better in the next six months -- marking the highest it has been in the past three and a half years. Forty percent believe their company outlook will stay the same in the next six months, while 12 percent expect it will get worse.

  • Men (53 percent) continue to be more optimistic than women (42 percent) about their company's outlook improving in the next six months.

Job Market: Optimism Rises Among Employed, Retreats for Unemployed

  • Employees report they are more optimistic about the job market. In the third quarter, 41 percent of employees (including those self-employed) believe it is likely they would be able to find a job matched to their experience and compensation levels within six months if they lost their current job, up four percentage points from the second quarter; 29 percent of employees believe it is unlikely, while another 29 percent are uncertain.

  • Among unemployed job seekers, pessimism rose to its highest level in three quarters with nearly one in three (31 percent) of those unemployed but looking reporting they believe it is unlikely they will find a job in the next six months. This climbed seven percentage points from the second quarter (24 percent). Slightly more (34 percent) unemployed job seekers think it is likely they will find a job in six months, although this percentage has dropped eight points from last quarter (42 percent), while 31 percent are uncertain.

Job Security: Layoff Concerns Continue to Decrease, More Concerned

  • Employee optimism about job security continues to increase as concerns about being laid off in the next six months dropped to 17 percent, a decrease of two percentage points from the prior quarter (19 percent), and down nine points from a high of 26 percent in the first quarter of 2009.

  • Employed men (21 percent) continue to be more concerned about being laid off than employed women (13 percent).

  • Concerns over co-worker layoffs remain higher than personal layoff concerns; 28 percent of employees report they are concerned co-workers could be laid off in the next six months, although this has dipped to a low since the last quarter in 2011.

Pay Raises: Pessimism Regarding Pay Highest in Four Quarters

  • After two positive quarters, employees reveal rising pessimism regarding future pay or cost-of-living increases. Forty-one percent of employees report they do not believe they will receive a pay or cost-of-living increase in the next 12 months, up four points from last quarter (37 percent), while 39 percent believe they will receive a pay or cost-of-living increase and 20 percent are uncertain.

  • The gender gap widens as men's optimism for a pay increase in the next 12 months increases slightly to 43 percent, while women's optimism has dropped seven percentage points since last quarter to 34 percent.

For more details and methodology of the survey, please see the full Q3 2012 Glassdoor Confidence Survey Supplement:

NOTE TO WRITERS/PRODUCERS: Graphics and a full quarter-by-quarter survey supplement are available. Please contact pr [at] glassdoor [dot] com for more information.

1 This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Glassdoor from September 13-17, 2012 among 2,339 adults ages 18 and older, among which 1,543 are employed or job seekers; the second quarter survey was conducted online from June 12-14, 2012 among 2,208 adults ages 18 and older, among which 1,520 are employed or job seekers. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Samantha Zupan or Melissa Tracy at

2 For the purposes of this study "employees" were defined as U.S. adults 18+ employed full time and/or part time unless otherwise indicated.

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