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Our Own Agenda :: Economy

A YES! Take on What Americans Want

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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  • Repair and rebuild neglected bridges, railroads, schools, and other infrastructure, designing for climate change & a post-petroleum world.

  • Extend unemployment insurance benefits.

  • Provide tax relief to middle- and low-income families, and reinstate fair taxes on high-wealth individuals and corporate profits.

  • Adopt the Employee Free Choice Act to increase opportunities to unionize.

67%
Favor public works projects to create jobs.

55%
Favor expanding unemployment benefits.

73%
Say corporations don’t pay a fair share of taxes.


76%

Support tax cuts for lower- and middle-income people.

71%
Say unions help their members; 53% say unions help the economy in general.




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SOURCES:

ECONOMY

67% FAVOR PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS TO CREATE JOBS ::
55% FAVOR EXPANDING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. ::
76% SUPPORT TAX CUTS FOR LOWER- AND MIDDLE-INCOME PEOPLE. ::
Fortune Magazine poll conducted by Abt SRBI. Jan. 14-16, 2008. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.
www.pollingreport.com/budget.htm

73% SAY CORPORATIONS DON’T PAY A FAIR SHARE OF TAXES. ::
Gallup Poll. April 6-9, 2008. N=1,021 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.
www.pollingreport.com/budget.htm

71% SAY UNIONS HELP THEIR MEMBERS; 53% SAY UNIONS HELP THE ECONOMY IN GENERAL. ::
Gallup Poll. Aug. 7-10, 2006. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).
www.pollingreport.com/work.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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