In a recent Rasmussen Reports Poll, voters stated that they believe economic growth is more important than economic fairness. With the 2016 election season promising to have wage equity on the front burner for the Democrats, this may not be the best news for them. The current results are also in the wake of a spate of protests calling for radical minimum wage increases - the now infamous $15.15 demands - which could indicate that the message is not resonating well with voters.
As reported on the Rasmussen site:
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters say that economic growth is more important, while 39% say that economic fairness is more important….
Voters place higher importance policies which encourage economic growth over
economic fairness. Ninety-three percent (93%) of voters say that policies that encourage economic growth are at least somewhat important, with 65% who say such policies are Very Important….That compares to 78% of voters who say policies which encourage economic fairness are somewhat important, with 53% who say such policies are Very Important.
While voters that identify as Democrat remain more likely to support policies that encourage economic fairness, the numbers are declining in general. Again, this is something that should cause Democrat strategists to pause, since they have been spending a great deal of time and money on protests and other activities to promote economic fairness. This could be viewed as a “do or die” time for this issue, too. Given the issues that the Clinton “brand” in general has with affluence, economic fairness will be a harder sale for Democrats that will probably be pushing Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. No matter what, it seems that popular support is building for policies that could involve de-regulation, particularly for small businesses. It is time to remind members of Congress that there is still work to be done to build the economy, and that the people are apparently willing to support that kind of action.