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Americans Increasingly Looking to Local Solutions & Leadership

March 20, 2015  |  Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor
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Sixty-four percent of Americans believe that more progress is being made at the state and local level rather than at the national level.

The recent Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor poll indicates that 64% of Americans believe that progress is being made in their local communities, as opposed to only 26% that believe progress is being made at the national level. Other findings of the poll include:
  • 69% believe innovation and new ideas will come from local institutions (local governments, businesses, and community groups) as opposed to 22% that believe innovation and new ideas will come from national institutions.
  • 71% want their local institutions to try "new ideas and solutions even if the outcomes may be uncertain" vs. 20% that would prefer they rely on "tried and tested ideas and solutions, even if it means a lack of new thinking.”
  • 66% of believe that their local community is headed in the right direction, as opposed to only 33% that believe the nation is.
  • 60% approve of the job their local political leaders are doing.

More information can be found on this and previous surveys on the Heartland Monitor website.