The Progressive Majority: Why a Conservative America Is a Myth
Media Matters summary of Why a Conservative America Is a Myth
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Summary of why America is progressive.
- The role of government - Americans support an active government that tackles problems, provides services, and aids those in need.
- The economy - Americans support increasing the minimum wage and strong unions, and believe the wealthy and corporations don't pay their fair share of taxes.
- Social issues - Americans support legal abortion and embryonic stem cell research; opinions on equal rights for women and gay Americans have grown dramatically more progressive in recent years.
- Security - Americans support a progressive approach to national security, emphasizing strong alliances and diplomacy over the indiscriminate use of military force. On domestic security issues, progressive approaches to crime and gun control enjoy wide support.
- The environment - By enormous margins, Americans favor strong environmental protections, a core progressive belief.
- Energy - Americans support energy conservation and the development of alternative fuels.
- Health care - Americans clearly favor universal coverage and are more than comfortable with government solutions to the health care problem.