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October 16, 2013

BRADBERRY: So, who ARE the American people, anyway?

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Niagara Gazette — • 81 percent agree that we cannot continue to spend money on foreign aid.

• 49 percent believe that the political system is broken.

• 50 percent believe the economy is bad.

• 41 percent believe the economy won’t get much better any time soon.

• 70 percent fear another 9/11 or Boston-style bombing is likely.

• 62 percent fear their children’s lives will be more difficult than their own.

• 70 percent believe the rich keep getting richer at the expense of everyone else.

The survey also discovered that America supports gender neutral marriage, 64 percent, paid maternity leave, 70 percent, tax subsidized childcare to help women return to work, 57 percent, abortion rights for any reason within the first trimester, 63 percent, equal pay for equal work among women, 62 percent, a federal minimum wage hike to no less than $10 per hour, 67 percent, and the legalization of marijuana, 52 percent.

Meanwhile, the center tends to be more conservative on some other issues such as on the environment, capital punishment, and diversity programs. NBC News Senior Staff writer, Tony Dokoupil reports, “Majorities support offshore drilling (81 percent) and the death penalty (90 percent), and the end of affirmative action in hiring and education (57 percent). Most people in the center believe respect for minority rights has gone overboard, in general, harming the majority in the process (63 percent). And just one in four support immigration reforms that would provide a path to citizenship for those who came here illegally.”

While Dokoupil notes that the center is mostly white (78 percent), “so is most of the American voting public (72 percent) — and the center is changing. Already it contains a fifth of African-American voters, one in two Latino voters, and half the women in America. The center is roomy, or in other words, welcoming.”

The bottom line, says Dokoupil, “The center is real, passionate and persuadable. It leans Democratic but a majority of those in the center agree with a mix of Republican and Democratic ideas, and about the same percentage self-describe as neither liberal nor conservative making the political days ahead look like a, “nimble political platform” more likely to swing either way, based more on class than anything else.

Read the full report and take the interactive test to discover your own place on the spectrum at esquire.com/blogs/politics/new-american-center.

Voters and politicians at EVERY level should take heed; it’s a new day!

Contact Bill Bradberry at bill.bradberry@yahoo.com

Contact Bill at bill.bradberry@yahoo.com

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