Republicans have done such a good job at pretending they represent America and that we Democrats are just a bunch of liberal extremists that it’s convinced even some Democrats.
Let’s start by remembering that Democrats have won the popular vote in every Presidential election in the last 30 years except one. And then let’s look at the most recent poll results from Yahoo News/YouGov (which gets high ratings from Nate Silver’s 538 page).
The majority of Americans agreed with all of the following, and in some places by huge margins:
- $2,000 relief checks: 74% to 13%
- Increased federal funding for vaccination: 69% to 17%
- A national mask mandate: 57% to 32%
- Raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour: 58% to 31%
- Giving all Americans the option of buying Medicare-like public health insurance: 57% to 22%
- Eliminating tuition at public colleges and universities for families making up to $125,000: 47% to 33%
- Stopping family separation at the U.S.-Mexico border: 64% to 20%
- Halting construction on the border wall with Mexico: 45% to 42%
- Ending the ban on travelers from Muslim-majority countries: 42% to 35%
- Creating a pathway to citizenship for young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children: 61% to 23%
- More federal funding for research and development to assist domestic manufacturing: 65% to 13%
- Rejoining the World Health Organization: 57% to 28%
- Rejoining the Paris Climate Accords: 48% to 30%
- Cutting carbon emissions to zero by the year 2050: 54% to 23%
- Investing in renewable energy infrastructure: 65% to 17%
- Reversing the recent tax cuts for Americans making more than $400,000: 50% to 30%
A majority also supported the House impeachment of Trump, with a plurality supporting a Senate conviction (48% to 41%).
Every single one of these issue is a winning issue for Democrats. Democrats should run with it and stop trying to deal with Republicans who, in the guise of “unity,” want us to do what a minority of Americans want instead.