Reducing Unemployment Key Factor in Choice for President, Survey Shows

MENLO PARK, CA -- The presidential candidate who gets the most votes may be the one whose plan can create the most jobs, suggests a new survey. In a recent survey of U.S. workers, 81 percent said a candidate's commitment to reducing unemployment is an important consideration in how they will cast their vote; 45 percent of these respondents said it is very important.

The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service specializing in highly skilled administrative professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 571 men and women, all 18 years of age or older and employed. 

Respondents were asked, "Think for a moment about the next presidential election. How important is a candidate's commitment to reducing the nation's unemployment rate in deciding how you will cast your vote?" Their responses: 

Very important   45%
Somewhat important   36%
Somewhat unimportant   7%
Not at all important   10%
Don't know/no answer   2%

"Nearly all professionals have felt pressure and uncertainty as a result of a slower than expected recovery in job growth," said Diane Domeyer, executive director of OfficeTeam. "Many people have experienced lengthy periods of unemployment while others have assumed larger workloads or taken pay reductions due to lean staffing levels and tight corporate budgets."

Domeyer noted that presidential contenders' plans for creating - and sustaining - jobs will be under the microscope as the election draws near. "Workers are concerned not just about their immediate career prospects but also the future employment outlook, particularly as the job market becomes increasingly global."

OfficeTeam has more than 300 locations worldwide and offers online job search services at

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