In the survey of 1,125 individuals, 87% said the living wage issue was somewhat or very important. Making it harder for U.S. companies to outsource American jobs to foreign countries (86%) and providing health coverage for all U.S. citizens (83%) ranked as the second and third most important workplace issue for the next president’s focus.
Rankings of other workplace regulation issues in the survey were:
- Increase workplace safety regulation – 76%,
- Expand family leave laws to cover a wider range of family obligations – 70%,
- Strengthen enforcement of workplace discrimination laws – 69%,
- Make it easier for unions to organize – 45%, and
- Allow employees to sue/collect damages for workplace bullying – 43%.
By race, non-white workers surveyed ranked providing health coverage for all U.S. citizens (91%) as the number one workplace issue for the next president, while increasing the proportion of workers that earn at least a living wage (87%) was the number one issue for white workers surveyed. The living wage issue and keeping jobs in the U.S. tied (89%) as the number two issue among non-white respondents, while strengthening enforcement of workplace discrimination laws ranked third (87%).
The survey found that compared to Independents, Democrats are significantly more likely and
Republicans are significantly less likely to identify as priorities for the next president:
- Increasing the proportion of American Workers earning a living wage – (94%(D), 80%(R),88%(I));
- Providing healthcare for all US citizens (94%,68%,82%);
- Expanding family leave laws (84%,56%,67%); and
- Strengthening workplace discrimination law enforcement (84%,54%,66%).
Democrats also place significantly greater importance than do Republicans and
- Making it harder to outsource US jobs to foreign countries (93%(D),83%(R),86%(I));
- Increasing workplace safety regulation (86%,69%,74%);
- Making it easier for unions to organize workers (63%,33%,37%); and
- Allowing employees to sue and collect damages for workplace bullying (52%,34%,68%).
The Alliance also asked about the importance of key immigration issues as a focus for the next president – such as making it easier for foreign scientists and engineers to work in the U.S. (40%), increasing the number of immigrants allowed in the U.S. (35%), and granting amnesty to immigrants currently illegally working in the U.S. (25%) – and found immigration issues were much less important overall to American workers than workplace regulation issues.
Complete results of the survey can be viewed here .
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