A majority of respondents to a BlackEnterprise.com poll said the White House Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth held last week was a necessary step to curb unemployment and boost job creation.
However, 32% of voters thought that while the summit was necessary, they also viewed the meeting as a political maneuver that wonâ€™t help ease unemployment.
â€śFor the people who responded to the survey, the White Houseâ€™s actions were perceived very positively,â€ť says Algernon Austin, director of the Economic Policy Instituteâ€™s program on race, ethnicity, and the economy. â€śI think they have good faith in the White House â€¦ and their faith is borne out in that the president [announced today] that he is going to do something.â€ť
Indeed, in a speech this morning at the Brookings Institute, President Barack Obama outlined some key priorities for encouraging businesses to invest and create jobs. The presidentâ€™s proposals would establish new tax cuts to assist small businesses, provide additional investments in roads, bridges, and infrastructure; and offer new incentives for consumers to invest in energy efficient products for their homes. Austin believes some of those strategies outlined by Obama may have been formed as a result of the jobs summit.
The summit was held one day before the Bureau of Labor Statistics released data showing that November unemployment was 10%. CEOs, lawmakers, and small business owners were among the attendees, and discussed strategies on how to best grow the economy.
About a quarter of the respondents to the poll decided that the jobs summit wonâ€™t have an impact on unemployment. Of that number 14% said the summit was a political maneuver, and 12% said it was not.
The results are in:
The White House jobs summit is:
— A necessary step to curb unemployment and boost job creation 43%
— A political maneuver that will have no impact on unemployment 14%
— A little of A & B 32%
— Not a political move, but it won’t help with joblessness 12%
The poll was conducted at BlackEnterprise.com between Dec. 3 and Dec. 7.