Many Americans are looking for answers when it comes to lowering the nation's stubbornly high unemployment rate. But a new poll suggests that few have faith in either President Obama or Congress to get the job done.
Just 38 percent of U.S. adults surveyed said that they believed President Obama had a concrete jobs plan, according to a recently conducted CBS News/New York Times poll. The result comes despite Obama's weeks of traveling across the nation promoting his $445 billion jobs plan, first announced in September and which Congress rejected earlier this month.
As bad as the president's poll numbers may be on the issue, Americans had even less faith in certain members of Congress. Only 20 percent said that they believe Republican lawmakers have a clear plan for creating jobs, according to the poll.
Overall, CBS News reports, 56 percent said that Obama lacks a strong jobs plan, and 71 percent say the same of congressional Republicans.
What's more, the poll results showed that few respondents expect members of both parties in Congress are capable of reaching an agreement on a jobs plan.
Seventy-three percent of Americans said that they weren't confident in the ability of Republicans and Democrats in Washington to agree on a jobs package, while 28 percent said that they were confident that lawmakers would reach a deal.
The pessimism expressed in the polling data comes just a week before the Labor Department is to release its latest report on employment. The nation's unemployment rate has been stuck at 9.1 percent since July and hasn't been below 9 percent since March.
Another survey shows, however, that it may not all be doom and gloom. Gallup reports its employment data shows that the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent in the 30 days ending Oct. 23, down sharply from 9 percent in the 30 days ending Sept. 4.
Gallup's data doesn't include adjustments for seasonal variations in hiring, including recent increases in hiring by retailers and other companies ahead of December's holidays. But the polling organization says that it didn't see a similar decline in unemployment at this time last year, suggesting seasonal effects aren't the only factors contributing to an anticipated lower jobless rate for October.
The boost in hiring might be the result of hiring plans put in place earlier in the year by companies in anticipation of higher economic growth during the current fourth quarter, Gallup says in a statement.
Regardless of the reasons behind the improvement in the nation's employment, Gallup says, it "appears real right now."
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