Poll shows widespread support for national strategy for U.S. manufacturing

July 17, 2012

Though the U.S. economy has seen mixed signals over the past several years, the country's struggles have for the most part subsided. American industry has remained strong, but the manufacturing sector could see continued growth if a more encompassing national strategy is adopted by the government.

This is what prompted a poll from the United Steelworkers (USW) to examine the sentiment of voters, and the organization reported that a national policy is supported by many of these Americans.

Leo W. Gerard, the president of the USW, noted that the findings highlight voter concerns about the need for concrete and comprehensive action on policies that support manufacturing jobs and fair trade, according to a release.

"We've seen prior polls all showing strong support for manufacturing jobs policies, but this election year poll makes it clear that voters want more than talk," Gerard said. "Voters declare they are demanding aggressive action to help manufacturing as the 'irreplaceable core of a strong economy.'"

Gerard noted that the poll should be used to represent the American people in the policies enacted by the U.S. government.

"A majority of Americans correctly rate manufacturing as the industry most important to the overall strength of the nation," said the executive.

The poll showed that Americans wanted to end the outsourcing trend, improve the country's infrastructure and enforce trade policies that would help U.S. companies edge out their foreign competitors.

According to the release, a total of 56 percent of voters no longer see the U.S. as having the world's strongest economy and less than 25 percent of respondents think that the government is taking enough of a stance on enforcing trade rules to help American manufacturers.

While many businesses have adjusted their operations structure to deal with foreign competition, such as enacting a lean manufacturing model to increase productivity, the government could do more to support the industry.

According to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, another issue is the American consumer, as people moved to cheaper products in the past several decades. This trend is beginning to reverse, though, as shoppers are moving back to items manufactured in the U.S.

Consumers play a significant role in the economy, according to the news outlet, and a favorance of American-made goods starts with the wallet.