A large number of readers responding to the latest Patch poll measuring which steps people favor to reduce unemployment in America agree with two issues where and his , agree.
Schneider and Dold both think unemployment will decrease and more jobs will be created if the government takes steps to ease access to capital for companies and lessen the burden of regulation on small business.
Of the 57 people who responded to the unscientific survey, 19 favor easing regulatory burden on small business and another 14 think government should make it easy for companies to borrow money.
The most readers, 21, believe less financial uncertainty would be the best thing to spur job creation while three think easing barriers on American exports will help most. These are both issues Dold champions in his Main Street Jobs Agenda.
While Schneider and Dold were offering similar ideas to help the economy, their campaigns were busy branding the opposition as something more extreme than their words. Some patch readers, like Moraine Township Republican Chairman Lou Atsaves, were quick to defend their candidate.
“The Schneider attempts to portray Dold as a Tea Party adherent are deliberate falsehoods,” Atsaves writes. “If Dold ‘voted the party line 82 percent’ of the time, and yet (state Rep.) Karen May (D-Highland Park) (87 percent) and (state Sen.) Susan Garrett (D-Lake Forest) (85 percent) voted the ‘party line’ more often, why then do Democrats insist that May and Garrett are ‘independent’ and Dold is not.”
Others, like Stuart Tindall, disagree with Dold and Schneider that small business is the strongest job creation force in the country. He thinks big business is the answer. “What we need is better methods of small business turning into large business,” he writes.
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In contrast to the poll about unemployment, , 637 people voted their opinion and 212 left comments.
With such a difference in the number of readers responding, Patch has prepared a new unscientific poll asking whether they think the economy or health care is the most important issue in the Nov. 6 general election.
The new poll remains open through midnight Saturday. Patch will publish the results Monday.