Manufacturing jobs are important to communities across the U.S. and often provide the type of off-farm income that help young farmers get started. A new national poll indicates over three-quarters of respondents want to know how presidential candidates plan to support and grow domestic manufacturing.

Of the 2,000 registered voters surveyed, 91% said manufacturing is critical or important to the economy, while 92% said it is critical or important to the job market. One in five voters ranked manufacturing as the number one sector to focus on (18%), third only behind agriculture (21%) and health and social care (19%). 

Both Democratic and Republican voters agree that manufacturing is critical to keeping communities across the country strong and prosperous. The poll from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) was conducted by Morning Consult and released Tuesday.

“The issues that are important to equipment manufacturers in the United States will be front and center during the Manufacturing Election, especially in swing states like Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin” said Kip Eideberg, AEM Senior Vice President of Government and Industry Relations. “Candidates for public office in 2020 need to understand and support the issues most critical to the continued growth and success of manufacturers if they hope to be successful.”

Voters are split on President Trump’s performance on keeping, bringing, and/or increasing manufacturing jobs in the United States, with one-quarter of voters saying he has done an excellent job and one-quarter of voters saying he has done a poor job. Voters are also split on whether a hypothetical Democratic nominee will actually keep, bring, and/or increase manufacturing jobs in the United States.

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