As part of an ongoing polling project, American Consumer Credit Counseling has been posting a different poll question at ConsumerCredit.com each month. Last month, we asked:
What financial issues in the 2012 Presidential election are the most important to you?
There are some significant issues facing the next president, and the candidates’ positions on these issues could have a major impact on the outcome. Based on the responses we’ve had, here is what is important to Americans in this election…
- 38 percent of those polled are concerned about job stability and employment prospects as the nation’s unemployment rate lingers at 7.8 percent. Of those surveyed, nearly 60 percent of budget conscious consumers aged 42 -60 identified jobs as the critical issue driving their vote this election season.
- Healthcare also ranked high at a time when President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are sharply divided over the course the U.S. should take to make care accessible and affordable to all Americans.
- A little less than 24 percent of those polled ranked healthcare as the most important financial issue facing the nation and ranked highest among those aged 61 -70 at 33 percent.
- Tax reform is on the mind of about 20 percent of those surveyed, while student loan debt is the primary concern of 18 percent of those who responded, with 63 percent of those respondents aged 18 – 33. A prior survey by ACCC in July 2012 found student debt forcing a large percentage of respondents to delay saving for retirement and put off home purchases. In some cases this crushing burden is even impacting their ability to get married.
- Of the more than 250 respondents, nearly half were aged 42 -60.
Pretty much what you’d expect. Older respondents are concerned with healthcare, younger respondents are concerned with student loans, and middle-aged respondents are concerned about jobs. All of these issues are very important to all Americans. It’s up to each of us to vote in a manner which addresses our greatest individual concerns, and which we believe will improve the nation.
Here is the actual breakdown:
|Jobs / Unemployment||37.74%||97|
|Student Loan Debt||18.29%||47|
|71 or older||1.56%||4|