At times, it seems Americans can’t agree on anything. But with political divisiveness at near-historical highs, there are still pockets of common ground.
For example, according to a new poll conducted by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Americans agree on the importance of infrastructure, regardless of political affiliation.
“Americans across the political spectrum understand the dire state of U.S. infrastructure and believe that the federal government should do more to improve our infrastructure,” according to AEM president Dennis Slater. “Voters recognized that increased federal funding for assets such as roads, bridges and inland waterways will have a positive impact on the economy, and they are looking to the federal government to repair and modernize.”
The poll of registered voters found the following:
- 46% think the nation’s infrastructure is worse than it was 5 years ago.
- 80% say roads, bridges and energy grids are in “extreme need” of repairs.
- 70% say increasing federal funding for infrastructure would have a positive impact on the economy.
- Respondents say the top three infrastructure improvements for the future should be water infrastructure, solar-powered homes and “smart” infrastructure.
- A majority of Republicans, Independents and Democrats all say federal government should do more to improve overall infrastructure in the U.S.
An alarming number of respondents rate current U.S. infrastructure “poor to fair,” according to the poll.
Both presidential nominees have voiced support for infrastructure investment, according to Ron De Feo, CEO of Kennametal and chair of AEM’s Infrastructure Vision 2050 initiative.
“The specific ideas and proposals they offer over the next 90 days will be critically important, and voters should consider them carefully on Election Day,” he says.
The poll was conducted in June 2016 among a national sample of 1,975 registered voters, with a margin of error of /- 2%. Click here for additional information.