This is the third and final part of our three-part series on where research, polls and surveys show a supermajority of Americans agree, including a majority of each political party and Independents. We’ve ranked these from low to high percentage of agreement, so this third part shows the top three issues that Americans agree on.
3. 83% of Americans feel healthcare costs make quality care unaffordable, according to the Pew Research Center. A Gallup poll shows that 71% say the system is “in a state of crisis” or “has major problems”, which includes 76% of Democrats and Democratic leaning Independents and 71% of Republicans and Republican leaning Independents. A Reuters-Ipsos survey shows that 71% of us now support Medicare-for-all.
The Lancet Medical Journal reports that the U.S., the wealthiest, most powerful nation on Earth, ranks 80thin healthcare care quality, on par with Estonia and Montenegro. The U.S. spends almost twice as much per capita as the comparable country average and two and a half times the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) average. Just about every other high-income country in the world spends less than the U.S., yet delivers higher quality healthcare, mostly through single-payer government systems.
2. 83% of Americans want to maintain Net Neutrality, according to a University of Maryland survey. 75% of Republicans, 86% of Independents and 89% of Democrats oppose the FCC repeal of online traffic being treated equally and the internet advantage now given to large corporations. Only 14% of all Americans believe internet service providers should be able to “offer fast lanes with quicker load times to websites that pay a premium”.
The internet is one of the most important drivers of the U.S. economy – the total economic impact is $421 billion. 78% of Americans agree that high-speed internet is integral to the economy and provides job opportunity to people of all backgrounds and education, according to a Morning Consult survey.
1. 94% of Americans agree on universal background checks, according to NPR (97% in a Quinnipiac University poll reported by Time Magazine). 83% support mandatory waiting periods, 82% support raising the legal age from 18 to 21 and 67% support an assault weapon ban. 85% believe Congress should do more to address the issue of mass shootings, including 76% of Republicans and 96% of Democrats, according to a poll from the American Psychiatric Society.
In 2017, 40,000 people died of gun-related violence, including murders and suicides, according to Pew Research. The CDC reports the U.S. gun death rate hit a 20-year high in 2017, and has surpassed the death rate from car accidents, once the leading cause of fatal injury. The increase was mostly driven by suicides, which represents 60% of the total (although firearm murders have increased 25% over the last 5 years). Places with higher rates of gun ownership saw the biggest increases in gun suicides. In Kansas, gun suicides increased 65% from 2008 to 2017. At the same time, Vermont, West Virginia and Missouri saw firearm suicide rates increase by nearly 60%.
Do you agree or disagree with these three issues? How important are each of the issues to you? Do you think Congress will take action on any of these issues in the coming year? Should we push Congress to take action?