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Voters Wrongly Think Stimulus Spent On Infrastructure


Association of Equipment Manufacturers released details of a nationwide poll it commissioned about voter attitudes on the economy, manufacturing and transportation infrastructure

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers released details of a nationwide poll it commissioned about voter attitudes on the economy, manufacturing and transportation infrastructure. When asked how much of the $800 billion economic stimulus package was used to create jobs by rebuilding and improving highways, roads and bridges, 2 out of 5 voters incorrectly indicated 25%.

Fifty-three percent of voters thought worse of the stimulus package when they learned that only 3% of its funding was dedicated to rebuilding highways, roads and bridges.

ìThe findings in our national survey demonstrate strong majorities of voters believe putting money into infrastructure would make America a more desirable place to live and work, and would create a significant number of new jobs,î says AEM President Dennis Slater.

According to the survey, 89% agree that ìAmerica needs to dramatically increase manufacturing jobs so our economy can keep pace with other countries.î Also, 83% say it is ìveryî or ìcriticallyî important that equipment manufacturers are ìable to prosper and grow right here in the United States.î And, 66% said they believe ìgiven current economic conditions, itís a good time to build and repair Americaís roads and bridges.î

They survey shows that 66% support making the implementation of the National Export Initiative a top national priority during the next year. In the survey, it was explained to voters that the initiative ìis designed to create more jobs in the United States by encouraging the sale of American-made products to other countries. The goal of the initiative is to double our exports over the next five years by working to remove trade barriers abroad and by helping U.S. businesses enter new export markets.î

ìQuestions about national policies to keep manufacturing jobs in America and expand exports to other countries capture an important strain of economic discontent that is now running through the electorate,î says Ron Faucheux, president of Clarus Research, which conducted the AEM poll.