Looking at these results, I find it interesting that a plurality (if not an outright majority) of people view healthcare/education/climate/infrastructure/inequality as key issues that necessitate reform within the next 30 years. At the same time, current policy proposals to address these issues are not taken seriously, or worse, are painted as not being ‘pragmatic‘ and are summarily dismissed (with the help of a complicit media class).
Studies like this expose the gap of political representation in America. We are hamstrung by both parties’ willingness to acquiesce to capital and paint mainstream views as fringe lunacy in a cynical effort to maintain the status quo.
Yes, there is political division, and yet a vast majority (87% of those polled) say they are either very concerned, or fairly concerned that their leaders will not address these issues. This would indicate that both sides agree on at least one thing; the mechanisms of democracy in America are almost completely eroded.
“Majorities predict that the economy will be weaker, health care will be less affordable, the condition of the environment will be worse and older Americans will have a harder time making ends meet than they do now. Also predicted: a terrorist attack as bad as or worse than 9/11 sometime over the next 30 years.”