MILWAUKEE, Jan. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new nationwide poll shows that most voters want this year's presidential candidates to take stronger positions on both manufacturing and infrastructure issues.
The nonpartisan Clarus Poll found that 70% of the national electorate would be more inclined to vote for a presidential candidate with a strong position on America's manufacturing industries and jobs while a solid 65% also said they'd be more inclined to vote for a candidate with a strong position on rebuilding the nation's infrastructure.
Among all voters, only Barack Obama is rated more positively than negatively (albeit narrowly) on the infrastructure issue (+1). All of the other candidates have negative ratings higher than their positive ratings on this issue: Romney -9, Gingrich -19, Santorum -12, and Paul -17.
"Creating manufacturing jobs and rebuilding infrastructure are both very important issues for voters," said Dr. Ron Faucheux, president of Clarus Research Group. "Based on these poll results, presidential candidates would be wise to focus much more attention on them."