SAUSALITO, Calif. (October 3, 2012) –As the unemployment rate continues to hover around 8 percent, employed U.S. adults and unemployed job seekers agree that President Barack Obama is the candidate with the clearer vision to create jobs and lower the unemployment rate. According to the Glassdoor® Q3 Employment Confidence Survey1, conducted online by Harris Interactive on their behalf among 2,339 U.S. adults among whom 1,543 are employed or job-seeking, more than half (51 percent) of employees² (including those self-employed) and unemployed job seekers, believe Obama has a clearer vision for jobs creation and lowering unemployment, than Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (35 percent) or other candidates (14 percent).
Two-thirds (66 percent) of employees (including those self-employed), and the unemployed but looking, think creating new jobs in the public and private sectors should be the President's top job- and career-related priority. Other top priorities, broken down by gender, age, and employment status, are:
Coinciding with the election-related opinions about employment issues, employees also reveal rising confidence in terms of their company's business outlook, the job market and job security over recent quarters, although optimism regarding pay increases has retreated from last quarter.
"As we continue to rebuild the economy and pull away from the hard times of the Great Recession, employees are becoming more confident that their jobs are no longer in danger of being cut. However, employees still feel uncertain about their future earning potential," said Robert Hohman, Glassdoor founder and CEO. "This survey goes beyond politics and party affiliations -- it gets at the heart of what the American workforce believes will lead the U.S. to a healthier state of employment and which candidate they feel can lead us to better times."
Highlights from the latest quarterly Glassdoor Employment Confidence Survey are summarized below.
Company Outlook: Employee Optimism Hits All-Time High; Men More Optimistic
Job Market: Optimism Rises Among Employed, Retreats for Unemployed
Job Security: Layoff Concerns Continue to Decrease, More Concerned
Pay Raises: Pessimism Regarding Pay Highest in Four Quarters
For more details and methodology of the survey, please see the full Q3 2012 Glassdoor Confidence Survey Supplement: http://www.glassdoor.com/press/surveys.
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1 This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Glassdoor from September 13-17, 2012 among 2,339 adults ages 18 and older, among which 1,543 are employed or job seekers; the second quarter survey was conducted online from June 12-14, 2012 among 2,208 adults ages 18 and older, among which 1,520 are employed or job seekers. 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 Melissa Tracy at email@example.com.
2 For the purposes of this study "employees" were defined as U.S. adults 18+ employed full time and/or part time unless otherwise indicated.
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