Strong majorities of Americans want action on critical issues – from jobs to income and wealth inequality to raising the minimum wage – but Republicans in Congress have thrown up roadblocks. “Ordinary Americans understand that the economy today is not doing well for the middle class or working families,” Sen. Bernie Sanders said Friday on his weekly radio and Internet program with Thom Hartmann. “People know that the middle class is disappearing. They know more people are living in poverty and that the wealthy and large corporations are doing phenomenally well. And they want the government to take action.”
According to a recent American Values Survey:
• Sixty-six percent of Americans agree that the government should do more to reduce the gap between the rich and poor.
• Fifty-seven percent of Americans favor increasing the tax rate on Americans earning more than $250,000 per year.
• Fifty-five percent believe that one of the biggest problems in the country is that not everyone is given an equal chance to succeed in life.
• Sixty-nine percent Americans favor increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour.
• Seventy-eight percent of Americans favor requiring companies to provide all full-time employees with paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child.
• Eighty-one percent of Americans favor requiring companies to provide all full-time employees with paid sick days if they or an immediate family member gets sick.
• Sixty-four percent of Americans believe the economic system in the country unfairly favors the wealthy.
• Sixty-four percent of Americans believe that the government is not run for the benefit of all the people.