By 41%-1% Margin American Voters More Likely to Vote for Candidate Committed to Those with Disabilities
51% of likely voters say they, a family member, or a close friend has a disability
Laszlo Strategies September
Washington, DC. A new national survey of 1000 likely voters conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research in conjunction with Laszlo Strategies finds that even in this difficult economic climate, voters believe their representatives should focus on disabilities in this election year. Among likely voters, 41 percent say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who is committed to making policies and programs to help those with disabilities a national priority. Just two percent say it should not be a national priority. The numbers do however demonstrate a significant partisan divide, Democrats, 52-1 and Republicans, 27-5.
Fully 51 percent of voters report having a family member or close friend with a disability, 48 percent do not. Fifty-two percent of Democrats report that they or a loved one has a disability and for Republicans a smaller number of 44 percent report they have a disability. Surprisingly, Independents have the largest number of voters who say they have disabilities, with 58 percent saying yes.
There is a similar partisan divide when respondents are asked, “Thinking about the current policies and programs the US government has to help people with disabilities, how much is the government doing to help those with disabilities lead a normal life? Is the government doing more than enough, doing enough, not doing enough, or not doing anywhere near enough to help those with disabilities lead a normal life?” While 46 percent of voters respond the government is doing enough, 44 percent not enough, nearly 10 percent more Democrats (54 percent) believe the government is not doing enough. Only 33 percent of Republicans feel the same.
Said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, founder & president of Laszlo Strategies, “The majority of likely American voters are experiencing the challenges of living with a disability, either because they have a disability or have a loved one who does. It impacts voting, and elected officials need to pay attention. ”