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While Republicans' first act after taking over the House was to vote on repealing the health care reform law, a new poll suggests the public would rather lawmakers focus on jobs.

A CBS News/New York Times survey out Thursday found 43 percent of Americans believe the most important thing for the new Congress to deal with is job creation -- compared to just 18 percent who say the top priority should be health care.

Fourteen percent said the massive federal budget deficit should be foremost on the minds of lawmakers. Most Americans believe the deficit is a very serious problem that will create hardships for future generations, according to CBS/Times pollsters.

Asked how Congress should deal with the deficit, a strong majority said by cutting government programs, not raising taxes. Respondents were given three programs -- the military, Medicare and Social Security -- from which to cut. Fully 55 percent chose the military. Twenty-one percent cited Medicare, and 13 percent said Social Security.

The CBS/Times survey had similar findings to a Gallup poll that also noted that concerns over the deficit were inching up. But in that poll as well, the deficit still ranked far behind the economy and jobs when voters listed priorities for Congress.

When it comes to the landmark health care reform legislation passed last year, a CBS/Times poll found more Americans now say they want to keep the law in place rather than repeal it. Forty-eight percent of respondents said the law should stand, compared to 40 percent who want to see it repealed.

Along party lines, fully 73 percent of Republicans favor repeal, while only 16 percent of Democrats do. Seventy-seven percent of Democrats want to keep the law, compared to just 16 percent of Republicans.

Among voters who favor repeal, 50 percent say they want the law rolled back completely. Forty-four percent want only certain parts of it repealed.

House Republicans voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to repeal President Obama's health care reform law, keeping a campaign promise that helped them retake the majority in November. The vote was a largely symbolic exercise because it's doomed to fail in the Senate.

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eglodic

It sounds like the Republicans are "playing politics" rather than worrying about the state of the economy & other important topics that the USA must deal with. We need health care legislation, we need job security & more jobs for all Americans not just the "chosen few"! Republicans get with the program, HELP THE AMERICAN CITIZENS LIKE YOU WERE VOTED & CHOSEN TO DO!!!!
Evie Glodic

January 30 2011 at 12:45 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
GARYMUSIC

Jobs can't be created by the government unless they resend dozens of trade bills that sold us down the river. Equal trade is a must, China buys 10B form us we buy 10B from them......................period! We buy 10B in oil from the Saudis they buy 10B in camel feed.........bla bla bla.....it will never happen. We have allowed our reps to sell us out, while we watch Nascar!

January 24 2011 at 2:30 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
rann948

I laugh when I hear Obama talking about reducing regulations and red tape for businesses while at the same time he supports this ludicrous health care reform that is NOTHING but regulations and red-tape for businesses. Until we dump this turkey and get down to REAL health care reform, jobs will just dribble in.

January 23 2011 at 3:41 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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cplkling

WashyWizard, how does your post pertain to this article?

January 24 2011 at 3:44 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
druid0621

The continuing onslaught of government regulation has been a drag on the employment situation. The jobs picture will be helped by repealing Health Care Reform. The cost of this ill-conceived program is one factor preventing business from spending and investing in hiring.

Repeal ObamaCare
Open up off-shore drilling
Keep taxes low

January 22 2011 at 1:13 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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kmills1019

Ruin the economy, then sit and watch as the country loses 800,00 jobs per month, then when you lose the election blame it on your successor. I see, clever for a time.

January 23 2011 at 12:10 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
ettu

As was often said by the Libs/Progs/Dems, about President Obama, I do believe that the Republicans, too, can walk and chew gum at the same time. No problem here, fighting the attempt to cherry pick and fix the incomprehensible mess known affectionately as "Obamacare," while addressing the unemployment rate and the housing mess that continues to bog down our economy.

January 22 2011 at 9:25 AM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
derrellnshrev

Hmmm seems as if unemployment was going up before the healthcare passage but since it passed unemployment has started to come down. Check the facts. Our country is better now than it was two years ago. Lets go forward not to the gloom and doom of two years ago.

January 21 2011 at 11:44 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
Robert C Cox

Rupublicans are doing exactly what they promised the voters and that is repealing the Obama health plan. That is going to prevent the loss of thousands of jobs that employers would shed if this plan goes through. The US Government has regulated this country right out of work. I work in the health care field and I've seen costs increase dramatically due to unnecessary regulations that accomplish absolutly nothing except to increase the cost of health care. The overregulation combined with unbelievably stupid trade agreements have reduced us to a country struggling to just get by. Meanwhile China regulates its currency and the Chinese government subsidizes its companies to sell to the US at a loss to put the US businesses out of work. Wake up America!

This is true I hav done reserch.
U thing the president of China would come over sniffing around 2 help the Average working class American we R getting set up

January 21 2011 at 11:44 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
kalamazooger

Silly people. We have ALWAYS had "universal coverage"--with the uninsured running up your bills from the ER. The "forced insurance" just means that the uninsured won't get a free ride, while getting care in the most expensive and least efficient way. The GOP is going to lose big if they waste a lot of time on this issue.

January 21 2011 at 11:44 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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rann948

We are all going to lose big if we don't get rid of this ridiculous "reform" that is so full of exceptions for political cronies, multiple new "agencies" with their thousands of high-paid employees, and onerous regulations and fees for business that it is the boondoggle of the century. We need common sense approach to health care reform. Like, Obama blathered on about how much we would save by eliminating fraud and abuse from Medicare, why do you need a bill to do this? JUST DO IT NOW. Like, we didn't need a 2000 page bill to ban insurance companies from refusing to insure, or dropping when someone gets sick. JUST DO IT.

Truth is they want government control of all that health care money so they can spend it just like they spent the social security money. How about $50,000 year for bottle water for the House of Rep. They can't drink from a fountain? Or bring a thermos from home? COMMON SENSE.

January 23 2011 at 3:48 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
nipps

The reason there are no jobs has absolutely nothing to do with the heath care bill. It has only recently started to be implemented. there is a lot of great things in it that we all wanted for many years. It's not perfect, but at least a start. The reason there aren't any jobs stem from the Bush banking crisis, not to mention a costly war we didn't need.

January 21 2011 at 11:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bill Lind

Republicans never have listened to "the people." They listen to big business. The big business interests do not want health care reform, so out it goes. The Republicans did what they could to stop and then cripple true health care reform when they were the minority in the house. Now as majority, they kill it. Look at Boehner and company laugh. They have their health care and big salaries and staff and are well fed by the lobbyists. Listen to the people, ha!

January 21 2011 at 11:43 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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rann948

tell me again why UNIONs aren't BIG BIG Business? Tell me that the democrats don't get millions from big business. Why do you suppose Obama is making kissy face with big business right now? BECAUSE THEY GIVE HIM MONEY. Get real.

January 23 2011 at 3:51 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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