More than half of U.S. adults (56%) agree that the results of the 2018 midterm elections will have a positive impact on employment during the next two years, according to the results of a new American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor® survey conducted online by The Harris Poll. The same majority of Americans think that the job market has improved since the last presidential election.
There are differences in perspective by age, as three in five millennials (62%) are optimistic about the effect of the midterm elections on employment—more than older U.S. adults. Conversely, only two in five millennials (42%) say that the job market improved since the 2016 presidential election, less than any other age group, according to the survey results.
Democratic and Republican voters are split in how they view the state of the job market since the 2016 presidential election. Nearly nine in 10 Republican voters say the job market has improved (86%) compared to only four in 10 Democratic voters (40%). However, there is bipartisan consensus about the future—six in 10 voters for each party (59% of Democratic voters; 57% of Republican voters) believe the 2018 midterm elections will have a positive effect on employment, according to the ASA Workforce Monitor.
“A wave of positivity about employment is rippling across the nation following the historic midterm elections as underscored by the ASA Workforce Monitor,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “However, the skills gap remains a serious challenge, and the administration and new Congress must make narrowing the gap a priority to ensure that America has the qualified talent it needs to continue to support economic growth.”