Even though our country is polarized politically, most of us actually agree on quite a few issues.
First, 71% of Americans believe that “we have more in common with each other than many people think.” Source. Below are survey results that show evidence in that regard:
- Freedoms: 81% of Americans believe that “without our freedoms America is nothing.” Source.
- Immigrants: 66% believe that “new immigrants are good for the U.S.” Source.
- Racial Bias: Three-fourths of us believe that racial bias against Black Americans is serious problem. Source.
- Diversity: 75% of Americans think it is important for companies to promote racial and ethnic diversity and 76% believe that racial and ethnic diversity is good for our country. Source.
- LGBT: Three-fourths of us think that Gay and Lesbian relationships should be legal (up from 32% in 1986) and two-thirds support gay marriage. Source.
- Health Care: 89% of us think that affordable health care is an essential right. Source. And 74% of us believe that the U.S. government should do more to provide health insurance for more Americans. Source.
- Abortion: 79% of Americans believe that abortion should be legal (50% under any circumstance and 29% with limitations) and 72% think “a woman’s ability to choose and make decisions affecting her body and personal life should be protected.” Source and Source.
- Infrastructure: Over 80% of Americans believe that upgrading our infrastructure should be a priority. Source.
- Guns: Over 90% of Americans “favor preventing people with mental illnesses from buying guns and large majorities of both Democrats (93%) and Republicans (82%) favor background checks for private gun sales and sales at gun shows.” Source.
- College Costs: Three-fourths of us think that the government should take action to decrease the cost of college. Source.
- Climate Change: A large majority of Americans believe that climate change is real and a slight majority believe that humans are to blame:
Interestingly, many of the rights about which we most agree on we also think are the least secure. Which is confounding. We are a democracy. If we all think these things are important we can take action to protect these rights: