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The State of Rural America

The results of our 2017 survey are in, and the data provides a clear path forward for our work together. In February of 2017, we conducted a quantitative survey analysis of over 615 progressive rural activists from all 50 states. The goal of the study was to understand what rural organizers learned from the outcome of the 2016 election.

Here's a quick look at what we found. For the vast of majority of rural progressive activists we surveyed, access to quality employment was the number one issue facing their community.

  • Over 37% said Progressive candidates don't prioritize or invest in their communities
  • 22.5% said Progressives don't know how to talk to rural communities.

Rural progressives see conservatives engaging in their communities, but they don't see similar engagement from progressives. Rural progressive think Trump and Sanders both energized rural voters but Hillary Clinton did not. Rural progressives liked Sander's economic plans the most and they liked Obama's economic policies better than Clinton's.

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