Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Progressive agenda is popular with Republicans

Really try not to avoid encouraging poll mania, but this was such an interesting stat, it's worth sharing. Business Insider commissioned poll testing on alternatives to the sequester showed the Progressive Caucus’ plan was the most popular of the three choices by a rather unimpressive margin. However, this was surprising:
– Shockingly, 47 percent of Republicans preferred the House Progressive plan to the sequester. This means that Republicans supported the House Progressive plan just as much as they supported their own party’s plan. [...]

The CPC’s plan involves replacing the sequester with $960 billion in new revenue — raised via closing loopholes that benefit the rich and corporations, as well as ending wasteful subsidies — $278 billion in defense cuts, and investment in new job creation measures, including spending $160 on America’s crumbling infrastructure. The House Republican plan, meanwhile, replaces the sequester with a basket of cuts to food stamps, Medicaid, and the social services block grant (which, among other things, funds Meals on Wheels).
The downside is the other half support the Republican's slash and burn agenda, but I'd like to think they just don't really know what it is and only chose it because it said Republican. Either way, it feels like we're making a little progress.

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