Gallup: Only 1 Percent of Democrats Say Creating ‘Green Jobs’ is Answer to Unemployment

By Terence P. Jeffrey | October 24, 2011 | 9:23am EDT

President Barack Obama is given a tour of Solyndra, a solar energy company, on May 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Chinn, Pool, File)

( - Even among self-identified Democrats enthusiasm for the government to create “green jobs” is very hard to find these days, says a Gallup poll released Friday.

Creating “green jobs” has been a top item on President Barack Obama’s jobs-growth agenda.

Gallup asked more than 1,000 American adults this open-ended question: “In your opinion, what would be the best way to create more jobs in the United States?”

The most popular two answers among Democrats and Democrat-leaning Independents were “create more infrastructure work” which was cited by 21 percent, and “keep manufacturing jobs here/stop spending overseas” which was cited by 18 percent.

The most popular two answers among Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents were “keep manufacturing jobs here/stop spending overseas,” which was cited by 21 percent, and “reduce gov’t regulation/involvement,” which was cited by 20 percent.

Overall, according to Gallup, only 2 percent of respondents said creating more “green jobs” was their idea for the best way to create more jobs in America. That was down from 6 percent who gave that answer to Gallup in November 2009.

Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents, according to Gallup, were actually more likely than Democrats and Democrat-leaning Independents to think creating more green jobs was the way to go. Three percent of Republicans told Gallup that was their answer--compared to only 1 percent of Democrats.

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