Public Reaction

Offshoring vs Outsourcingg





Given, as we have seen, the relatively negative press that offshoring has gotten among politicians and the media, it is perhaps unsurprising to find that the majority of Americans hold a negative view of offshoring. A Foreign Policy Association/Zogby International poll in September 2004 found that 71% of American registered voters believed "that outsourcing jobs overseas hurts the U.S. economy." 62% said "that the U.S. government should tax or legislate against companies who engage in outsourcing." Furthermore, 53% believed that China poses that greatest economic threat to the US.[12]

In contrast, a March 2004 poll of economists revealed that only 16% viewed outsourcing "as having a significant impact on the over-all job picture." Perhaps more importantly, they said that the political remedies being suggested - such as tax incentives for companies who stayed in the US, or penalties against those who outsourced - "are virtually guaranteed to make things worse."[13]

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