September 15th, 2016 | Sterling
New Report Reveals Democrats, Republicans and Independents Share Equal Concern About Safety
On September 26, 2016 the first presidential debate will be held between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. With just 10 days until this debate, we are sure to inundated with a continuous flow of Facebook posts, media commentary and strong opinions from every direction. Of course, finding agreement of any kind among voters on candidates or major issues feels like an impossible quest.
Yet, our latest report “On The Issues: Background Screening & Politics,” shows otherwise. The report, aimed at analyzing background screening within the context of the most commonly discussed political topics, found that nearly half (48%) of Americans believe that public safety is one of the most important issues to be discussed in the presidential debates this year. And when we split the data by political parties, we found that 47% of Democrats believe it should be discussed, while 48% of Republicans and 48% of independents said the same.
In fact, more than eight of ten (81%) respondents said that feeling safe at all times is a right, not a mere privilege. Many said they would be willing to give up the follow things for a year if doing so would ensure their safety:
- Use of a smartphone (37%)
- Use of the internet (32%)
- Their dream job (29%)
- All of their vacation hours (28%)
- Their car (23%)
- Half of their salary (16%)
Imagine for a moment – giving up your smartphone for one year and the inconveniences that might cause in your day-to-day life (from checking e-mail on the go to making a last minute restaurant reservation). Yet, for more than one-third of Americans, their safety is prioritized higher than their use of their smartphone.
Aside from public safety, workplace safety is also a major issue on Americans’ minds. Nearly half (49%) of all respondents believe that a criminal background should prevent people from getting a job, while 65% said a history of sexual harassment should prevent someone from getting a job.
But, out of all of the safety related issues, gun control might be the most controversial. While the report takes no positon on issue, it does reveal that 53% of Americans believe gun rights is one of the most important topics to discuss this year in the debates. Only terrorism (73%), healthcare (71%) and immigration (58%) ranked higher. About gun rights, the report reveals the following:
- 72% think it should be mandatory to determine if someone has a criminal record before they buy a gun
- 70% would feel safer if they knew that everyone who buys a firearm is screened through a background check
- 64% of Americans would be scared to learn that someone with whom they interacted had not undergone a background check before purchasing a firearm.
- 15% think someone with a criminal record should have the ability to purchase firearms
Safety an expected mandate for Americans; it is constantly on our minds and influences many of our day-to-day activities, choices and thoughts. As I watch my children grow-up, my needs and demands around safety continue to change, just as our report has captured for so many Americans.
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