Not only is this agenda absolutely imperative for our nation, it is now very popular.
New polling memo from Data for Progress shows strong support for critical, huge and urgent interventions to provide a surge of health care investment—centering on access to free tests and health care coverage for all—as well as cash payments to all Americans. They find “free access to testing, vaccines, and proposals for paid sick and family leave are all supported by at least 66% of voters….Paid leave proposals also had strong bipartisan support. Overall, 66% of voters support paid sick leave for all workers.” Moreover, their polling shows that in just two weeks, sending every American cash has gone from unpopular (33% support; 48% oppose) to extremely popular (58% support; 26% oppose), a massive swing. As they write: “voters, faced with the tumbling economy and the oppressive strain of Covid-19, see the logic: People need money, so give it to them.”
The CDC has identified individuals who are vulnerable because of underlying issues such as asthma, heart disease, lung disease, and asthma. An additional polling memo released today from The Justice Collaborative, R Street Institute, and FWD.us shows strong bipartisan support for immediate action to reduce the jail and prison populations to combat the spread of coronavirus. Sixty-six percent of voters think elected officials should be considering action that would reduce overcrowding in prisons and jails.