Americans to business: Prioritize jobs, not shareholder value

Aug. 25, 2011 at 7:24 AM ET

There’s clearly a big difference between what Wall Street wants from businesses, and what regular Americans want.

A new Rasmusson poll finds that 64 percent of Americans think the primary role of business should be to create jobs. Just 26 percent think their primary job should be to create shareholder value.

The survey of 1,000 adults was conducted just a few days ago.

So far at least, it doesn’t appear that big  business is heeding that call. The unemployment rate stood at 9.1 percent in July as the economy added 117,000 new jobs.


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What do you think? Is a company's primary goal job creation? Or creating shareholder value?

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