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It seems like every year, there’s less unity in the United States. Bipartisan compromise has become rarer and rarer over the past couple of decades, even more so since the 2016 presidential election.
It seems like every disagreement leads Republicans and Democrats to dig in their heels and refuse to compromise. Sometimes, we even see infighting among members of the same party.
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Recently, experts at the U.S. News & World Report have gone as far as to say that America is just as divided today as it was when World War I ended 100 years ago. And a 2018 poll conducted by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal tells us that the only thing most Americans may actually agree on is the division itself.
Here’s How Americans Feel About Bipartisanship in 2019
According to public opinion, 80 percent of Americans believe that our nation is divided. According to polls about immigration, abortion and the second amendment, they’re right — Americans seem to be more divided than ever.
With all this division, we’re left to wonder if there’s anything Americans actually do agree on.
Surprisingly, there is!
According to political polls conducted by the Pew Research Center earlier in 2019, about 70 percent of Americans felt that we needed to prioritize the strengthening of our nation’s economy. The poll also found that about 69 percent of Americans feel that Congress should prioritize the reduction of our nation’s health care costs. Ah, sweet unity.
So, is there anything else that most Americans seem to agree on? Let’s find out.
1. Political Campaign Spending Should be Limited
President Donald Trump’s political donations for the 2020 presidential election had already surpassed $26.5 million in the second quarter of 2019, according to National Public Radio (NPR).
Meanwhile, 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders raised more than $25.6 million during the same quarter, while Pete Buttigieg received more than $24.9 million in contributions. Joe Biden raised slightly less at just over $22 million.
As for their spending during the second quarter of 2019:
- President Trump spent more than $10.5 million.
- Presidential candidate Sanders spent just over $14 million.
- Presidential candidate Buttigieg spent more than $8.8 million.
- Presidential candidate Biden spent just over $11.1 million.
While the cost of political signs, stickers, buttons, apparel and television advertising all add up quickly, campaign contributions also go toward travel, payroll, office space rentals and other administrative costs. However, a 2018 poll that was conducted by the Pew Research Center tells us that most Americans believe that all political groups should be required to limit their campaign spending.
How Most Americans Feel About Political Spending
According to this public opinion poll, 77 percent of Americans believe that campaign spending should be limited to a certain dollar amount. Democrats are more likely to support this notion, but about 71 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents would support campaign spending limits.
Another 65 percent of Americans believe that new finance laws should reduce the role that money plays in politics.
When it comes to donating money to a political campaign, 74 percent of Americans also agree that tose who donate large sums of money to a campaign should not have more political influence than those who do not.
Recent political polls tell us that most Americans agree that campaign spending should be limited. Most of these supporters have Democratic views, but many Republicans and right-leaning Independents feel the same way.
2. We Need to Rely on Alternative Energy Resources
More and more Americans are discovering the advantages of renewable energy — including many Republicans who were once opposed to the idea of relying less on oil and gas as primary energy sources. In fact, most of this support in alternative energy has grown among both political parties since just 2013.
According to a 2016 Gallup poll, about 73 percent of Americans believe that we should be focusing on alternative resources to solve our country’s energy issues, instead of prioritizing oil and gas.
In 2012 and 2013, just 59 percent of Americans felt that alternative energy could be the answer to our nation’s energy issues. Of those who supported cleaner alternatives to traditional fossil fuel sources:
- Democrats accounted for 81 percent in 2013, compared to 89 percent in 2016.
- Republicans accounted for 36 percent in 2013, in comparison to 51 percent in 2016.
While this increase in support of alternative energy resources could be due to rising gas prices, researchers at Gallup News also found that approximately 64 percent of Americans were concerned about global warming when the poll took place.
While most Americans can see the advantages of renewable energy, the majority of these supporters still hold Democratic or Independent views. But Republicans seem to be quickly changing their views and beginning to support a push toward renewable resources.
3: Health Care Costs Are Way Too High
According to primary poll data from Real Clear Politics, candidates Biden, Warren and Sanders are current leaders in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination. All three leaders in the Democratic polls have discussed the importance of universal health care.
They have also talked about the different steps the country can take to reduce medical expenses in America. Presidential candidates Sanders and Warren support Medicare for All, while Biden would add onto the existing Affordable Care Act (ACA) as a way to reduce medical costs in America. So, how do voters feel about our nation’s medical expenses?
According to Pew Research Center, about 69 percent of Americans feel that Congress should prioritize reductions in health care costs in 2019.
Moreover, a 2018 Gallup News poll found that 79 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the cost of health care in our nation. Gallup political polls also found that most Americans are unhappy with the amount of coverage they receive. For instance:
- Only 34 percent of Americans say they receive an excellent or good amount of coverage.
- 40 percent say they receive a fair amount of medical coverage.
- 26 percent say they receive a poor amount of medical coverage.
It may sound as if Americans are completely dissatisfied with America’s healthcare system. And maybe they are. Gallup’s public opinion poll found that only 55 percent of respondents are satisfied with the quality of care they receive.
Most Americans agree that the cost of health care should be more affordable, with most respondents saying they are not happy with the amount of care they have access to. Plus, only about half of U.S. patients are satisfied with the quality of medical care they receive when they seek medical help.