jobsOverwhelmingly the American people think job creation, not deficit reduction, should be top priority in Washington. Not surprising, with millions of Americans unemployed or underemployed, regular people are far more concerned about a serious immediate problem rather than a possible future issue.

A new Marist poll asked Americans if President Obama and Congress should prioritize creating jobs over reducing the federal deficit. It found that 64 percent believe job creation should be the top priority for our elected officials. By comparison only 33 percent said deficit reduction should be the top focus of Washington.

It found 76 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of Independents believe job creation is most important right now. On the other hand, a very narrow majority of Republicans, 51 percent, choose deficit reduction.

This of course is the exact opposite of how Congress and the President have behaved over the past several years. They have been almost exclusively focused on deficit reduction. This misguided multi-year push for a “grand bargain” has no real grassroots base of support.

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