Job seekers are optimistic about getting a job after the election and see a significantly increased connection between job availability and who wins the presidential election. The winning candidate may be the man who convinces the job seeker that he has the right solution.
In February and September of 2012, Livecareer.com offered job seekers, who were using its Resume Builder, a survey to evaluate their attitudes and optimism. About 6,100 job seekers in February and 16,500 in September were asked several questions regarding their career ambitions and expectations and the link to the upcoming presidential election.
Specifically, respondents were asked to weigh the impact of the upcoming presidential election on their odds of finding employment. While the sample size was larger in September’s reissued survey, the answers to basic questions regarding optimism remained unchanged. However, the survey showed a significant shift in the perceived impact of the presidential election on the job market.
Among other questions, the survey asked viewers to agree or disagree with the statement "U.S. job creation is the #1 most important issue in the upcoming presidential election." In February, 64 percent of respondents agreed, while 41 percent agreed "getting a job next year in 2013 will be dramatically affected by who wins the upcoming presidential election."
In September, the survey response was unchanged when job seekers were asked to agree or disagree with the statement "U.S. job creation is the #1 most important issue in the upcoming presidential election." However, up from 41 percent, 51.1 percent of respondents agreed "getting a job next year in 2013 will be dramatically affected by who wins the Presidential election."
The 24.3 percent increase in the importance of who wins the presidential election reflects the candidates' very different strategies on job creation. If either candidate wants to win Tuesday's election, they'd better hope their job creation campaign message has captured the highly motivated job seeker vote. The election’s impact on the job market is expected to be significant, and respondents said they intend to vote.
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