On Feb. 28, President Donald Trump gave his first speech to a joint session of Congress. The speech focused on six issues, including healthcare and infrastructure reforms. A new poll suggests Americans found job creation to be the most important point of the speech.
According to NPR, Trump's call for job creation was tied to two main points: immigration reform, and trade policy.
"For too long, we have watched our middle-class shrink as we have exported our jobs and wealth to foreign countries," Trump began in his speech. He later referenced a series of manufacturers that had re-invested in America and its workforce. "Since my election, Ford, Fiat, Chrysler, General Motors, Sprint, Softbank, Lockheed, Wal-Mart, and many others have announced they will invest billions and billions of dollars in the United States and will create tens of thousands of new American jobs."
In reference to immigration, the president continued, "I believe that real and positive immigration reform is possible, as long as we focus on the following goals: To improve jobs and wages for Americans, to strengthen our nation's security, and to restore respect for our laws."
According to the non-partisan Rasmussen Reports, 26 percent of likely voters believe job creation was the most important issue from the speech.
The president's call for infrastructure reform came in second with 19 percent support, followed by reducing illegal immigration with 14 percent.
"Republicans rate creating more jobs, reducing illegal immigration and repealing and replacing Obamacare as most important," Rasmussen notes in the survey, breaking the figures down by party affiliation. "For Democrats, more jobs and launching an infrastructure plan rate of equal importance, with cutting taxes at a distant second. Unaffiliateds rate jobs and infrastructure about equally but not as emphatically as Democrats do and put reducing illegal immigration in third place."
But some argue that job creation alone is not the correct way forward for the country.
"The biggest economic issue for the future is closing the skills gap and retraining workers who have been displaced from their old jobs that have been automated," reports Quartz. "To meet the needs of today’s workforce, we need to ensure that what students are learning actually reflects our current needs, and that we are investing in our people so they can help fill the skills gap and create a brighter future for everyone."
"I am asking all citizens to embrace this renewal of the American spirit," the president concluded, notes NPR. "I am asking all members of Congress to join me in dreaming big, and bold and daring things for our country. I am asking everyone watching tonight to seize this moment."