Most of my friends seem depressed and surprised by Obama’s victory.
“After election day I woke up thinking last night was a nightmare that’d go away,” one said.
My friends don’t understand the unifying values most voters believe. For your sake, read this. We can be united as we go forward.
Don’t take my word for it; take the words of pollster Joel Benenson whom Obama listened to in 2008 and 2012. And won.
“Obama won because he articulated a set of values that define an America that the majority of us wish to live in: A nation that makes the investments we need to strengthen and grow the middle class,” he said. “A nation with a fair tax system, and affordable and excellent education for all its citizens. A nation that believes that we’re most prosperous when we recognize that we are all in it together.”
I believe most of my depressed friends and neighbors believe in those values.
Benenson polled 800 people with his own money the weekend before the election and the New York Times published his report on November 7. Benenson believes focusing on Obama’s support from minorities, women and young voters overlooks why more voters supported Obama’s message than Romney’s.
“Eighty-nine percent agreed that ‘for my children to have the economic opportunities I’ve had, we need to make real investments in education, creating world-class schools and making college more affordable,’” Benenson said.
I believe most of my depressed friends and neighbors believe we should invest in world-class schools and affordable education.
“The president’s forward-looking approach resonated strongly with American voters, who by a margin of 77 percent to 17 percent said which candidate would make their life better four years from now was more important to their vote than whether they were better off four years ago,” Benenson said.
I believe most of my depressed friends and neighbors believe in looking forward.
“Voters’ top worry about Mr. Romney was ‘he won’t do enough to restore security for working- and middle-class families,’ closely followed by ‘he won’t do enough to ensure that Wall Street and big corporations have to play by the same rules as everyone else.’”
I believe most of my depressed friends and neighbors believe in equal treatment for working- and middle-class families and business.
“When asked what the key to growing our economy was, nearly two in three voters said it was building a strong middle class over creating a ‘healthy climate for business,’” he said.
“The point is not that Americans don’t believe in a strong private sector; they do,” he said. “But our data showed that they also believe that employers care less about those who work for them than they did five years ago. Moreover, voters don’t assume that the success of corporations translates into their own security — only 18 percent strongly agree that ‘the middle class always does well when big corporations do well.’”
Benenson’s survey shows 52 percent of voters believed Mr. Obama’s views aligned with their views. \
The good news is most of us value one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
And we want to go forward together.