Americans with higher education are more interested in job creation than higher wages

Americans with higher levels of education want their elected representatives to have more of a focus on job creation rather than increasing wages, according to a new Hill.TV poll. 

The poll, conducted by Hill.TV and the HarrisX polling company found that 62 percent of respondents with high school diplomas but without a college degree said that they want elected officials in their area to focus on job creation, while only 38 percent said they want more of a focus on higher wages. 

Of those surveyed with a bachelors degree or more, 57 percent of respondents said elected representatives should focus on creating new jobs, while 43 percent said officials should focus on wage growth.

Americans without a high school diploma were more evenly split on the matter. 

The survey also found a party divide on the issue, with 64 percent of Republicans saying they wanted officials to focus on jobs growth, and 55 percent of Democrats preferring a focus on wage growth. 

"The Democratic Party [is] disproportionately poor [and] disproportionately very rich," Real Clear Politics executive editor Carl Cannon told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking."

"So the public isn't quite sure where it wants to be on this issue of income redistribution, but there's a consensus in this country that the very rich have to do more," he continued.  

The American Barometer was conducted on September 14-15 among 1,000 registered voters. The sampling margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. 

— Julia Manchester