WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 7, 2016 – Following the most contentious election in recent history, a new poll released today by Allstate and Atlantic Media revealed a surprising level of positivity among Americans. But that optimism is tempered by fear that the election will further divide the nation along lines of class, race and party.
The 27th Heartland Monitor Poll also found that – despite notable divides between demographic groups – Americans almost unanimously (87 percent) agree on one thing: improving the economy through job creation is priority No. 1. Typical of a post-election high, however, there is optimism that the economy will improve. Sixty percent believe the economy will become more competitive over the next four years, and 36 percent think the nation is headed in the right direction – the highest level since the last presidential election in November 2012, and a jump of 14 points since June.
“This latest Heartland poll underscores the American spirit of resilience and optimism,” said Bill Vainisi, Allstate’s senior vice president and deputy general counsel, Law and Regulation. “Our country has come together in the face of serious challenges throughout history, from world wars to economic depressions. Profound challenges remain ahead, and we will need to address them. Americans have a genuine desire for government, business leaders and community members to work together to drive positive, lasting change.”