WASHINGTON, June 25, 2013 – Rural voters in the Great Plains, Midwest and Southeast believe that elected officials ignore small communities and fail to invest in their future, according to a poll released today at the National Rural Assembly in Bethesda, Md.
The poll was conducted by Democrat Celinda Lake of Lake
Research Partners and Republican Ed Goeas of The Tarrance Group for the Center
for Rural Affairs,
“Nearly 9 in 10 believe the rural and small-town way of life
is worth fighting for. But they sadly believe the rural way of life may be
fading and they want to stop it, reverse it, and revitalize rural
The poll found divided views about the role of government
and populist views about the economy and big institutions. Three fourths agree
The poll finds a contradiction in rural attitudes. “On the
one hand, the language around lower taxes, smaller government and fewer
regulations is one of the highest testing messages,”
Goeas found it “too simplistic to believe rural
Three-fourths agree that too much of federal farm subsidies go to the largest farms, hurting smaller family farms. Three-fourths support tax credits and investment in new transmission lines for wind, solar and renewable electric generation in rural areas. Eight in ten support grants and loans for small towns to upgrade water and sewer systems and invest in roads and bridges.
“Politically, the poll reveals openings for candidates of either party willing to fight for federal policy that supports genuine opportunity for rural people and a better future for their communities,” said CFRA Executive Director Chuck Hassebrook.
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