OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 14, 2015 - Immigrants to the U.S. are more optimistic and hopeful about the economy, the nation's future and their personal economic situations than citizens born in the U.S., a new online study conducted by Harris Poll commissioned by a major North American staffing company finds.
Express Employment Professionals today released new survey results indicating that most U.S. residents believe the U.S. economy is headed in the wrong direction. However, in comparing immigrants to U.S.-born citizens, immigrants are significantly more positive and optimistic about the state of the economy, their own finances and their personal prospects for a bright future.
While 34 percent of native-born citizens say the U.S. economy is heading in the right direction, a higher percentage of immigrants, 47 percent, say the economy is heading in the right direction.
The results are from a new, comprehensive online survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals in October 2015 that gauges personal goals, attitudes and beliefs on a variety of topics among a representative, cross section of U.S. residents. Additional survey reports about the importance of learning English and attaining the American Dream will be released Dec. 15, and Wednesday, Dec. 16, respectively.
"This thorough survey shows that people who immigrated here have tremendously positive attitudes and are optimistic about not only our country's future, but also their own personal circumstances. Immigrants have high hopes to succeed and they want to become a part of this nation's workforce," said Bob Funk, CEO of Express Employment Professionals and a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
IMMIGRANTS MORE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THEIR & THE NATION'S FUTURE THAN U.S-BORN CITIZEN
Immigrants are significantly more likely than people born in the U.S. to think:
The survey also showed that immigrants are more willing than native-born Americans to start their own businesses to achieve the American Dream. Fifteen percent of immigrants said they had already opened their own businesses compared to 13 percent of U.S-born citizens, while 62 percent of immigrants said they were somewhat or very willing to open their own business, compared to 57 percent of U.S.-born citizens.
Fifty-two percent of immigrants said they were somewhat or very willing to work two or more jobs to achieve the American Dream, compared to 47 percent of U.S.-born citizens.
At the same time, immigrants were more open to accepting public assistance, such as welfare. Forty-three percent of immigrants said they were somewhat or willing to accept welfare compared to 37 percent of U.S.-born citizens.
If you would like to arrange for an interview with Bob Funk to discuss this topic, please contact Sherry Kast at (405) 717-5966.
About Robert A. Funk
Robert A. "Bob" Funk is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the international staffing company has franchises in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Under his leadership, Express has put more than six million people to work worldwide. Funk served as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and was also the Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve.
About Express Employment Professionals
Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated $2.85 billion in sales and employed more than 456,000 people in 2014. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually.
Study by Harris Poll
The survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals from Oct. 5 - 21, 2015, and included 2,043 U.S. adults aged 18 or older from the general population and an oversample of 781 foreign born U.S. residents age 18 or older. In total, 866 foreign born U.S. residents were surveyed, of whom 59% identified themselves as Hispanic, 12% as European, 11% as Asian and 18% as other.
Data is weighted to be representative of the general U.S. population and U.S. residents who are foreign-born.
Results were weighted as needed for age by gender, education, race/ethnicity, region and household income. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents' propensity to be online. Totals may not equal the sum of their individual components due to rounding. No estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated; a full methodology is available.
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