What’s on People’s Minds?
The mission of the Jobs Coalition is to inform and educate American taxpayers about the benefits of this nation’s free-market economic system. To carry out that mission, from time-to-time we conduct public opinion polls in key areas to take the pulse of taxpayers. While the nitty gritty of those poll results are arcane and kept internal to guide our policy decisions, I think some of the results are important to share with the public.
We chose Illinois’ 6th Congressional District to conduct our latest poll due to the recent spate of political attention heaped on this changing suburban area. With political winds whipping up the electorate in this district, it seemed like the perfect spot to take the temperature of voters in a changing America. The poll we conducted was a live interview survey to a random sample of likely voters. Half the responses came from cell phones; the rest came from traditional landlines. We were careful to carefully match voting ages and other demographics to reflect the district.
As I previously, noted, I’ll spare you the arcane details and stick with the most telling themes we discovered:
- Only 28% believe that this nation is moving in the right direction, with 57% saying we’re moving in the wrong direction.
- A whopping 81% think it’s unlikely that Congress can work together to solve this nation’s problems and 88% said they were either angry or dissatisfied with Congress.
- Terrorism and government deficits lead the list of areas causing the most concern now, but the gap in income between social strata is a growing concern for those considering the future.
- 64% agree that the problems with Obamacare must either be fixed or replaced, but nearly the same percent of people say they are concerned that Congress won’t get the changes right. The lack of information about pending changes is clearly a major worry for many voters—especially women.
- Nearly 56% of those surveyed want an immigration program that does two main things: 1) Secures America’s borders; and 2) Provides a reasonable path for current undocumented individuals to become citizens. More than 80% included ‘secure America borders’ as part of their immigration platform. Only 4% said that they preferred NO path to citizenship for those currently here illegally. The electorate is evenly split on the appropriateness of ‘sanctuary cities.’
- 61% agreed that reducing taxes on employers to make American businesses more competitive in a global market was a ‘good idea,’ with only 27% disagreeing. 77% applauded the concept of reducing taxes on American companies’ foreign profits in an effort to repatriate those funds. Only 14% thought that was a bad idea. And 52% think that tax rates should be reduced for ALL American taxpayers.
In short, the poll shows an electorate in Illinois 6 that is pro-employer, wants health care fixed but worries about getting it right, and wants a more secure America that treats law-abiding undocumented aliens with compassion. They think this nation’s businesses should have a level playing field globally, and have an overriding concern that politics have gotten out of hand in this nation’s capital.