RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) – A growing number of Americans say the country’s cultural wars are costing their jobs and hurting their quality of life, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday, underscoring a growing divide between the political elite and the wider population.
A total of 54 percent of respondents said the culture war has hurt their jobs, compared to 35 percent who said the same of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
More than half of respondents who said their job is being threatened said their work is being lost.
The war on drugs, racial profiling, mass incarceration, the war on women and the war against climate change are among the key issues that rank high in the survey’s survey of more than 3,000 Americans.
In a second survey, conducted in late February, about half of those surveyed said they were concerned about their job prospects and were not satisfied with the direction of the country, while another quarter said they had concerns about their work.
“A lot of the work that has been done over the past decade has been about trying to fix the problems that are out there, to find the solutions that will help our economy grow,” said John C. Hoeppner, president and chief executive of the Partnership for Public Service, which conducted the poll.
Hoeppners report also found that many people are reluctant to take action that would help the economy.
Nearly half (47 percent) said they would be more likely to take a job if it did not negatively affect their own job, while about four in 10 (37 percent) would be less likely to do so if their job did not adversely affect their job.
The poll also found the number of jobs in the United States is increasing, with the number and number of people employed growing at an annual rate of about 1.8 percent over the last three years.
The United States has the largest percentage of jobs created since the end of World War Two at nearly 20 percent.
The United States, however, is now among the world’s least productive economies, according a Reuters review of international data.
Many are worried about the direction the country is heading, with nearly half of Americans saying they are very concerned about the country being heading in the wrong direction.
The country’s economic growth has slowed in recent years.
The economy is still growing at a robust pace, however.
Hearings on the proposed $1.9 trillion tax reform package are scheduled for Wednesday.