In deciding which presidential candidate to support in 2008, which single issue is most important to you?
The economy and jobs 20%
The war in Iraq 18%
Taxes and government spending 11%
National defense/terrorism 11%
Health care 6%
Energy/gas and fuel prices 5%
Foreign policy 5%
Poll conducted 11/19
Our economy is in a mess right now. Our national debt has risen spectacularly in the last eight years. We have flushed billions down the toilet in Iraq; many families risk foreclosures on their home loans; and the value of the dollar, before one of the most stable of currencies worldwide, has sunk precariously. Enormous profits have gone somewhere in the spectacular price increases in oil, all on the backs of those who can least afford it. Fixing the economy is our greatest need.
-John Larish, principal, Jonrel Imaging Consultants
It is essential to get the budget into shape and stop the drain on our resources.
-Robert Penty, Rochester
Ending the war in Iraq will return needed resources in energy and funds back to the U.S. for addressing energy efficiency and environmental restoration and lack of educational and job opportunities for the lower/middle class.
-Connie Ehindero, Parallel Print Inc.
On the issue of national defense/terrorism, if the USA is attacked again and our infrastructure and economy are destroyed or severely weakened, all the other issues become meaningless!
Thirty years ago, we were in an energy crisis-where has our leadership been for the past three decades? Who has the courage and foresight to lead now? Sadly, the present slate of candidates have exhibited no leadership on this issue.
-David Orange, president, AeroLife Products Inc.
11/23/07 (C) Rochester Business Journal