Washington D.C. - Today a
public opinion snapshot by Center for American Progress
Senior Fellow Ruy Teixeira finds that the public is very
concerned about outsourcing and wants action to mitigate
the damage from the practice.
The American public heavily believes outsourcing
contributes to our ongoing economic problems. In a
September 2010 NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, 86 percent
agreed (including 68 percent who strongly agreed) that U.S.
companies outsourcing work to foreign countries is one of
the reasons for our struggling economy and unemployment.
This was ranked the highest of eight reasons tested in the
Similarly, in a December 2010 Allstate/National Journal
survey, 67 percent thought outsourcing played a major role
in high unemployment, compared to just 28 percent who
thought it played a minor role and 4 percent who thought it
played no role at all.
Not surprisingly, the public wants something done about
this problem. In the August 2010 edition of the same
survey, 70 percent thought it was either extremely (39
percent) or very (31 percent) important to reduce the
number of jobs being outsourced in order to help the U.S.
economy recover from the recession.
Even more impressive, in the March 2011 Pew Mobility
survey, "Keep jobs in America" was ranked first out of 16
possible steps government could take to make sure people
don't fall behind economically. Ninety percent deemed it
either one of the most effective steps (59 percent) or a
very effective step (31 percent) the government could take.
These data suggest conservatives' attempts to portray
outsourcing as no big deal and nothing to worry about are
doomed to fail. The public is in no mood for happy talk on