Income and wealth distribution prime concern for Democrats; Health of the economy and immigration are most important to Republicans

MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (March 18, 2016) – As the field of Presidential candidates shrinks, a new Glassdoor survey* conducted online by Harris Poll of more than 2,015 American adults ages 18+ reveals which employment-related issues they believe should be front and center for the remaining Presidential candidates. Not surprisingly, Republicans and Democrats have different points of view.

When Americans who are employed or unemployed but looking for a job were asked to identify what they think are the “most important employment issues in the 2016 presidential election,” the most notable disparities between Republicans and Democrats in the 2016 presidential election, were among the following four key employment-related topics:

  • The health of the economy: 75 percent of Republicans compared to 52 percent of Democrats – a 23-point difference – feel it is one of the most important employment issues.
  • Income and wealth distribution (e.g., CEO to worker pay ratio): 57 percent of Democrats note this as one of the most important employment issues compared to 34 percent of Republicans – another 23-point difference.
  • Immigration (i.e. allowing more VISAs to enable foreign workers to fill hard-to-fill jobs): This was the second most important topic for Republicans: 36 percent compared to 23 percent of Democrats.
  • Gender equality at work (e.g., unfair pay, underrepresentation of women in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — jobs): one-third (33 percent) of Democrats believe gender equality at work is one of the most important 2016 presidential election issues compared to 13 percent of Republicans – a 20 point difference.

However not all issues about employment show gaps in priorities between these two political parties. Among Americans who are employed or unemployed or looking for a job, both Democrats and Republicans are closely aligned on prioritizing long-term unemployment and the skills training gap as election employment issues. For Republicans, 35 percent believe long-term unemployment is one of the most important issues, compared to 32 percent of Democrats. On the topic of the skills training gap (e.g., lack of on-the-job training limited career progression due to lack of skills training), 23 percent of Republicans view this as one of the most important topics compared to 26 percent of Democrats.

The Glassdoor survey also evaluated sentiments among Independents. Of these Americans who are employed or are unemployed and looking for a job, 60 percent noted the health of the economy as one of the most important employment related election issues; 46 percent believe income and wealth distribution (e.g., CEO to worker pay ratio) is important; 39 percent noted long-term unemployment; and 33 percent indicated skills in the training gap (e.g., lack of on-the-job training, limited career progression due to lack of skills training) is an important issue.

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*Survey Methodology – This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Glassdoor from March 8-10, 2016 among 2,015 adults ages 18 and older, among which 1,157 are employed or unemployed and looking for a job, 353 are self-identified Republicans (employed/unemployed but looking), 381 are self-identified Democrats (employed/unemployed but looking), and 323 are self-identified Independents (employed/unemployed but looking). This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Samantha Zupan (or) Mel Bolton