Poll: Americans care more about creating jobs than cutting debt

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President Barack Obama speaks at the YMCA on Guilford Technical Community College Campus in Jamestown, North Carolina, on Oct. 18.
President Barack Obama speaks at the YMCA on Guilford Technical Community College Campus in Jamestown, North Carolina, on Oct. 18.
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Americans’ top priority is job creation, not deficit reduction, by a two-to-one margin, an exclusive Morning Joe/Marist poll found.

Of those polled, 64%– 76% of Democrats and 46% of Republicans– said they want the government to create jobs more than they want it to address the mounting deficit.

Deficit reduction should be the priority, said 33%; a slim majority of Republicans, 51%, favor the deficit reduction as the top priority.

The Morning Joe/Marist poll found that more Americans, 44%, favor the president’s plan to address the deficit through a combination of spending cuts and increasing tax revenues, than Republican plans to cut spending exclusively. Forty percent believe Republicans in Congress have a better plan; and 9% say neither have a proper plan to tackle the issue.

“The fact of the matter is, what this poll shows you – and these are the numbers that the White House is reading. They know that the average American is thinking about the security of a job, wondering about job creation, the president’s message makes job creation a larger part of his message,” msnbc’s Chuck Todd explained. “The Republican message on the debt here in Washington has not done a good job of connecting it to short term job creation and economic anxiety that people feel out there.”

The poll was conducted March 25-March 27 of 1,219 national respondents using both landline phone and cell phone. It has a margin of error of plus-minus 3.0 percentage points.

Watch the full Morning Joe/Marist poll discussion and find out more findings from the new national poll.

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Poll: Americans care more about creating jobs than cutting debt

Updated