A new poll reveals broad dissatisfaction among voters with the state of national politics, with gridlock the top source of frustration and voters unhappy with the lack of action in Congress, particularly because a majority of voters across party lines agree on the solutions to several of our top policy challenges.
The report—Beyond the Beltway Insights, produced by public affairs firm SKDKnickerbocker and research consultancy Benenson Strategy Group—shows that there is broad support from Democrats, Republicans, and Independents on tax cuts for the middle class, closing corporate loopholes and corporate tax reform.
In addition, a majority of respondents indicated that regardless of how they felt about President Obama's executive action on immigration, Congress's next step should be to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill, rather than penalizing the president.
Voters have also been deeply affected by recent incidents where white police officers were involved in the deaths of unarmed African-Americans, although the survey shows clear divisions along racial lines on matters related to the justice system. A majority of African American voters believe that discrimination and prejudice remain prevalent and listed racism as their top concern facing the country. But 60 percent of all voters indicated that these were isolated events that did not reflect on the fairness of the system, compared to 80 percent of African Americans who believe the law enforcement system treats African-Americans differently than white Americans.
According to Doug Thornell of SKDKnickerbocker: "This poll highlights new and interesting distinctions especially concerning American race relations.”