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Americans expect positive jobs impact from midterm elections: ASA

November 29 2018

The results of the 2018 midterm elections will have a positive impact on employment during the next two years, according to 56% of the US adults polled by the American Staffing Association in its Workforce Monitor report. The same majority of Americans think that the job market has improved since the last presidential election.

There are differences in perspective by age, as 62% of millennials aged 18-34 said they are optimistic about the effect of the midterm elections on employment — a higher proportion than older US adults who report optimism. Conversely, survey results found only 42% of millennials said that the job market improved since the 2016 presidential election, less than any other age group, according to the survey results.

Democratic and Republican voters are split in how they view the state of the job market since the 2016 presidential election. However, there is bipartisan consensus about the future — six in 10 voters from each party believe the 2018 midterm elections will have a positive effect on employment, according to the ASA Workforce Monitor.

“A wave of positivity about employment is rippling across the nation following the historic midterm elections, as underscored by the ASA Workforce Monitor,” ASA President and CEO Richard Wahlquist said. “However, the skills gap remains a serious challenge, and the administration and new Congress must make narrowing the gap a priority to ensure that America has the qualified talent it needs to continue to support economic growth.”

The Harris Poll conducted the survey online within the US on behalf of ASA. It was conducted between Nov. 7 and Nov. 9, 2018, among 2,021 US adults.

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