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Americans’ Top Priorities in 2021

March 04, 2021

An NBC News headline this week declared that “Moderate Democrats chafe as House moves fast on progressive priorities.” Yet while House Democrats are moving aggressively to enact a very left-wing, including LGBTQ rights, police reform, equal pay, the Violence Against Women Act, the Dream Act, an agriculture worker immigration bill, voting rights and anti-gun bills, a recent Pew Research poll supported middle of the road Democrats are concerned.

According to the poll, 80% of Americans said strengthening the economy should be the top priority for President Joe Biden and Congress this year.  This was closely followed by “dealing with the coronavirus outbreak,” which 78% said should be a top priority, and “improving the job situation,” which 67% said should be a top priority.  Other issues that rounded out the top half were “defending against terrorism” (63%), “improving the political system” (62%), “reducing health care costs” (58%), “securing Social Security” (54%), and “improving education” (53%).

Democrats risk overplaying their hand if instead of pursuing incremental advancements and focusing on rebuilding the economy, they focus on issues that placate their far-left base but are way down the list of priorities for the rest of the electorate.  Republicans can take advantage of Democrats’ short-sightedness. Voters will likely crave leadership on the issues that impact their daily lives instead of the ones that create good hashtags and opportunities to vilify the center and right.

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