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POLL: Majority Not Optimistic About Future of America

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 POLL: Majority Not Optimistic About Future of America


(Austin, TX—Aug 19, 2021) Convention of States Action, in partnership with The Trafalgar Group—one of America’s most accurate pollsters in 2016, 2018 and 2020—is releasing the results of a new national survey. Results were from surveys conducted August 14th through August 16th of over 1,000 likely 2022 election voters.

“Americans are optimistic people. When both Republicans and Independents are tracking almost identically in registering a lack of optimism about our future—and a sizable group of Democrats feel the same way—there is a serious problem. From Afghanistan to COVID-19 to inflation to foreign policy to basic things like education, Washington DC is failing to solve challenges, and the people are losing hope,” said Mark Meckler, President of Convention of States Action. “Our founders did not design a system in which Washington is the answer. State and local governments are solving our problems, and these numbers demonstrate yet again that voters believe the best solutions are close to home.”

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KEY INSIGHT: Majority of Americans No Longer Optimistic About Future of America

  • 52.8% of American voters say they are not optimistic about the future of America—28.8% say not optimistic at all, while 24% say not very optimistic.
  • 43.7% of American voters say they are optimistic about the future of America—16.6% say very optimistic, while 27.1% say somewhat optimistic.
  • 3.4% of American voters have no opinion.

KEY INSIGHT: Independents and Republicans are Equally Pessimistic About America’s Future, With more than a third of Democrats Agreeing

  • 62.9% of Independent voters say they are not optimistic about the future of America—29.5% say not optimistic at all, while 33.4% say not very optimistic.
    32.8% of Independent voters are optimistic about the future of America—12.4% say very optimistic, while 20.4% say somewhat optimistic.
  • 65.4% of Republican voters say they are not optimistic about the future of America—43.5% say not optimistic at all, while 21.9% say not very optimistic.
    31% of Republican voters are optimistic about the future of America—7.1% say very optimistic, while 23.9% say somewhat optimistic.
  • 35.1% of Democrat voters say they are not optimistic about the future of America—14.9% say not optimistic at all, while 20.2% say not very optimistic. 62.2% of Democrat voters are optimistic about the future of America—27.9% say very optimistic, while 34.3% say somewhat optimistic.


About Convention of States Action—Boasting a grassroots network of over 5 million supporters and volunteers, Convention of States’ mission is to restore a culture of self-governance in America and to curtail federal overreach. Its primary focus in accomplishing this mission is using a limited Article V Convention to propose constitutional amendments that impose limitations on the size and scope of the federal government, including a balanced budget requirement and term limits for federal officials.

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Physicians for COS

The diagnosis is clear.

We have a growing cancer today known as the Obamacare. As a result physicians are no longer free to practice medicine.

No profession feels the full force of the federal government more than physicians. The medical profession is the most highly regulated profession in the United States. The practice of medicine is controlled, taxed, and regulated to the point of being destroyed by the heavy hand of the federal government.

Physicians are told how to bill, how much to charge, and how to treat patients. They are mandated to use expensive electronic medical records. The federally enacted HIPPA (Health Information Privacy and Portability Act) makes the communication between physicians and atients burdensome, inefficient,and expensive. Every physician is required by federal mandate to register with the government to obtain an NPI (national provider identifier.) We are required by federal law to obtain and pay for a license to prescribe medication through the DEA, which is separate from our state licensure.

This heavy hand of government not only oversees the largest federal health bureaucracy ever created, but by extension reaches into every state, every city, and every small town to regulate how every licensed physician practices the art of medicine and how citizens obtain care.

The treatment is also clear.

The prescription for a cure was written into our constitution by our founders. Article V of our constitution allows for the states to call for a convention of states to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government through the proposal of constitutional amendments. Physicians should be the strongest supporters of this brilliantly-crafted states’ rights tool placed into our constitution by our founders.

I urge my fellow American physicians to join with me in supporting an Article V Convention of States to take back control of the practice of medicine. It’s the only way that we can return the practice of medicine back to the intimate relationship between a doctor and patient without interference by the heavy hand of a distant, national government.

Jeffrey I. Barke, M.D. Family Physician Newport Beach, CA
Convention of states action

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