National Journal

United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll finds least popular priorities are reducing deficit, repealing Obamacare.

By Alex Roarty
December 2, 2013

More than anything else, voters would be happiest if Congress and President Obama focused on creating jobs, according to the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll. And they don’t care if lawmakers use Republican or Democratic ideas to do so.

By more than three to one, Americans said they would be “very pleased” or “somewhat pleased,” rather than “somewhat disappointed” or “very disappointed,” if the chief executive and lawmakers worked together to create jobs—either by cutting taxes and regulations or by increasing federal spending on infrastructure projects. Both options were the most popular of the six policy goals offered to respondents, although majorities also said they’d be happy if the government reduced the deficit, passed an immigration overhaul that included a pathway to citizenship, and expanded gun-sale background checks.

The survey is a wake-up call for Congress. Even as lawmakers have spent most of the year fighting over items ephemeral to the health of the economy, overwhelming numbers of voters would prefer they concentrate their efforts on boosting job growth.

And somewhat surprisingly, a relatively slimmer majority of adults also said they would be pleased if Obamacare was repealed, an encouraging sign for opponents of the law as they continue efforts to wipe it off the books. Most surveys show that adults are unwilling to back an outright repeal of the health care reform, preferring instead to either fix the law or keep it as is. But of the options listed in this survey, repeal was also the least popular of the bunch.

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