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Our Own Agenda :: Families

A YES! Take on What Americans Want
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President Barack Obama faces huge challenges as he takes office. But he's got one asset that is rarely mentioned. Large majorities of Americans agree on some of the most important issues of the day, from health care to foreign policy. “Ten Policies for a Better America” shows an agenda a majority supports—whether we vote red, blue, or some other political color.

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  • Make the minimum wage a “living wage” adequate to keep working families out of poverty.

  • Provide everyone vacation and family leave.

  • Provide gay and lesbian couples with the legal protections afforded to straight couples.

  • Make bankruptcy and foreclosure laws protect families first, not predatory lenders.

80%
Support increasing the federal minimum wage.

59%
Favor guaranteeing two weeks or more of paid vacation.

75%
Want to limit rate increases on adjustable-rate mortgages.


64%

Are not confident that life for our children’s generation will be better than it has been for us.

65%
Believe same-sex couples should be allowed to marry or form civil unions.




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A family-friendly society makes sure working parents can raise children without falling into poverty. This means living wages for moms and dads.
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YES Story buttonJobs You Can Count On

We need some control over our jobs–even owning the business. This is within reach of even low-wage workers through cooperatives.
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YES Story buttonThe Housing Fix

How can we have housing that is built and owned for residents, not to be used as gambling chits in the global finance casino?
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YES Archive buttonThe Good Life: Consumerism is so-o-o-o-o 1990s

Family-friendly societies, turn away from stuff, and emphasize relationships across generations, among neighbors, and within families
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80% SUPPORT INCREASING THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE ::
Associated Press-AOL News Poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Dec. 19-21, 2006. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.
www.pollingreport.com/work.htm

59% FAVOR GUARANTEEING TWO WEEKS OR MORE OF PAID VACATION ::
Results of Take Back Your Time’s right2vacation poll of 1002 adults, by Opinion Research Corporation during the week of June 23, 2008
www.timeday.org/right2vacation/poll_results.asp

75% WANT TO LIMIT RATE INCREASES ON ADJUSTABLE-RATE MORTGAGES ::
Fortune Magazine poll conducted by Abt SRBI. Jan. 14-16, 2008. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.
www.pollingreport.com/budget.htm

64% ARE NOT CONFIDENT THAT LIFE FOR OUR CHILDREN’S GENERATION
WILL BE BETTER THAN IT HAS BEEN FOR US ::

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Dec. 14-17, 2007. N=approx. 500 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.4.
www.pollingreport.com/life.htm

65% BELIEVE SAME-SEX COUPLES SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO MARRY OR FORM CIVIL UNIONS ::
Quinnipiac University Poll. July 8-13, 2008. N=1,783 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 2.3.
www.pollingreport.com/civil.htm



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Sarah van Gelder wrote this article as part of Purple America, the Fall 2008 issue of YES! Magazine. Research by Noah Grant. Sarah is executive editor and Noah is editorial assistant at YES! Magazine.Photos of Sarah van Gelder and Noah Grant
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