Data show pocketbook issues including minimum wage, debt-free college and infrastructure are top priorities for likely voters
Today, Demos, a leading progressive think tank released new polling data that identifies the economic priorities of progressives, working-class people of color, and working-class white Obama to Trump voters. The polling sheds light on the shared top priorities for these voters including revitalizing infrastructure, raising the minimum wage and debt-free college.
The poll, which surveyed over 1,500 registered voters between June 5th and June 14th, also found that most Americans believe that the government needs to do more to solve problems and meet the needs of people. Moreover, the research makes it clear that messages that include both a race and class framework resonate with all voters, even significant percentages of the white working-class Obama to Trump voters.
“From this research we can glean important information about the economic policy priorities of all working-class Americans – especially members of the new working class who are too often overlooked,” said Tamara Draut, Vice President of Policy and Research at Demos and author of the book, Sleeping Giant: How the New Working Class Will Transform America. “This research, along with Demos’ work over a decade on the economic challenges facing the working class, the middle class and young people, shows the American people need and are ready for a bold economic agenda that addresses the widespread economic anxiety and insecurity confronting people of all races in this country. To have an inclusive democracy we must first have an inclusive economy that offers everyone a better deal and an opportunity to prosper.”
The survey found:
Demos has long been a leader in providing fresh research and new policy ideas to address the economic challenges facing the working and middle class in this country, including groundbreaking research on credit card debt, college affordability and the growing economic insecurity of a new generation, especially those without college degrees. The research team led by Tamara Draut, Vice President of Policy and Research at Demos and author of the books, Sleeping Giant: How the New Working Class Will Transform America and Strapped: Why America's 20- and 30-Somethings Can't Get Ahead, continues to be a leader in advancing policy solutions to address the student debt crisis. After years of studying the trends in funding for higher education at the state level and the rising debt burdens among college-going people, Demos released a policy blueprint for debt-free college in 2014, titled The Affordable College Compact.
The full report can be found here: Voters Support Bold Economic Solutions. Click here to see the full results of the economic survey.