New poll shows many Americans share national priorities despite political polarization

by Joel Abbott · Mar 2nd, 2021 4:01 pm

Last Updated Mar 5th, 2021 at 1:57 pm

The majority of Americans overwhelmingly agree on priority issues for the nation despite the increasing sociopolitical divide, according to a new poll by Populace.

The poll surveyed people on what their personal political priorities are, in addition to what they thought other people's political priorities were. Both Democratic and Republican voters shared nine of their top 15 priorities, including the preservation of individual rights, access to affordable healthcare, safety in their communities, and criminal justice reform.

Americans also shared a desire for equality over equity, focusing on "upholding equal treatment for all, but not necessarily equal outcomes."

Another key finding was that national unity for the sake of unity was one of the lowest priorities for Americans.

"The American people don't prioritize national unity as a long-term aspiration," said Populace. "They do, however, privately value restoring respect for one another."

Climate change and natural conservation also ranked as the third personally-held priority overall. The major difference between different voters was how much of an emergency climate change is.

These long-term goals for the nation differed very little across a wide demographic range, including gender, ethnicity, income, and education.

Not only did men and women share eight of their top 10 priorities, but both low-income (less than $35,000 annually) and higher income (more than $75,000 annually) agreed on eight of their top 10 priorities. In the same way, Caucasians, African Americans, and Hispanics also shared eight of the 10.

The poll showed, however, that Americans routinely believe other people have differing priorities from their own. Many people thought that others would ascribe greater importance to issues like the U.S. being the most powerful country or less importance to issues like climate change.


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