Poll: Few Americans Believe Obama Or Congress Has A Good Jobs Plan

Barack Obama jobs planMany 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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I believe in the president, its too bad that the mess the previous president/republicans made has to be cleaned up by our present president, it would takes years before this happens, people expect him to make miracles happens and blame him for everything, blame the past president/republicans who messed up this country. God bless our President, he is a great man

October 30 2011 at 10:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I belive in the president !

October 28 2011 at 4:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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October 28 2011 at 1:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well, duh...you need a poll to tell you how bad a job Obama has done?

October 28 2011 at 1:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think President Obama has done a good job so far. No bias here. I'm white and a Republican, but I will vote for Obama if he runs for a second term.

October 28 2011 at 6:23 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

All I got to say is this, jobs been leaving this country over the last 35 yrs, government spending been out of control for the last 35-40 yrs, Politician's has catered to special interest forever, the federal reserve has ripped this country off for hundreds of years. My point is none of this happened over night, or just last week. It's been standard operating procedure in this Country for many decades. The good thing is we are all aware of it now, it's not Obama fault, it's not Bush fault but those idiots that make up the congress as whole, which is a direct reflection on "We The People" for electing them. Sadly we send them back year after year, some not ever have to explain what they are doing for us, they get elected off reputation rather than results. The one thing everyone has seen and should be fed up with is partisan politics that is destroying our way of life. Are we headed for a one party rule, then to a dictator?

October 28 2011 at 5:31 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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October 28 2011 at 4:24 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The plan is keep sending jobs overseas, bring goods back here, and let our citizens fight it out for the remaining lousy, low wage service jobs. That's what the plan is.

October 28 2011 at 4:21 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

These people in office should have out side jobs to suport them not make a carrer out of government. They didn't do it in the old days they it was an honor to serve the people now its a racket. There pay should ge cut 3/4 of what they are making. There payed for insurance buy americans should stop when they leave office. They also should have to pay on the insurance like we do. There entitlements should be cut off. The president and the rest of the liars should not be able to travel all over this country and we pick up the ticked. They keep on and one day the people of this country will end up by taking it by force like the other countries has when they have dictator type leader ship as we have. The lower class ask for money and they say no cant afford and trun around and send Billions to other countries to keep the people. Figure that one.

October 28 2011 at 2:24 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

I know Obama has a job plan, but Congress has one too? Are we talking that Republican Congress? And, wonder what country they plan to put people to work in, because from them I know it won't be putting people to work in the U.S.

October 28 2011 at 1:22 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply

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