A recent poll shows Southerners are greatly worried about job loss and the economy. The poll results reveal that most Southerners don’t believe the federal government is doing enough to address either of these problems. The Winthrop Poll conducted in 11 Southern states found the economy was the top concern of four in ten — the same share of people who said they were concerned about losing their jobs. Overall, the economy was the biggest worry for 39% of Southerners, followed by health care and unemployment at 12% each. Meanwhile, 38% said they were somewhat concerned or very concerned about possibly losing their jobs during the next year.
The poll respondents overwhelmingly said that getting out of the nation’s financial mess is something the government should take the lead on. Nearly 72% said they favored new government programs to create jobs. Meanwhile, 63% said the federal government needs to give aid to states in serious financial trouble. Those positions were strongest among Democrats and independents, while Republicans were narrowly opposed. Nonetheless, nearly 58% of the Southerners polled said the current federal stimulus efforts were making things worse or having no effect.
Source: Tuscaloosa News
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