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To: Interested Parties
From: Michael Podhorzer, AFL-CIO Political Director
Re: AFL-CIO and Workers’ Voice Battleground Polling and Get-Out-The-Vote Push
Date: Friday, October 19, 2012
Key Issues Drive Massive Final GOTV Push
The AFL-CIO is preparing to kick off the “final four” days get-out-the-vote effort for working family champions and around key issues driving the working class vote. Overwhelmingly, what we’re seeing is that core economic issues like protecting Medicare, ending tax cuts for the rich, creating good jobs and rejecting the failed economic policies of the past are driving working class voters to Barack Obama and away from Republican economics and wedge issues.
The massive mobilization underway now includes education on economic issues at worksites and in communities and an early vote program to ensure that every working person votes. More than four hundred thousand volunteers will be working to make the difference in the election.
And through the AFL-CIO, Workers’ Voice and Working America, the power of working people now stretches beyond the millions of union households to all working people, expanding the largest political mobilization operation in the country outside the political party committees. These efforts are diversifying and pushing the classic program of person-to-person contact in innovative and bold directions.
Battleground State Polling Highlights Economy, Social Programs and Trust
According to an AFL-CIO internal poll conducted on Wednesday, October 17, working class voters in the battleground states of Ohio, Wisconsin and Nevada overwhelmingly trust President Barack Obama over Governor Mitt Romney and believe the President is better suited to handle the economy and protect programs such as Medicare and Social Security. The poll surveyed a random sample of 454 union members and 433 non-union members who have been contacted by the AFL-CIO or Workers’ Voice regarding the election. The survey also shows a distinct difference between general public voters and those who have been contacted by the AFL-CIO and Workers’ Voice.
The main takeaways are below.
1) President Obama is connecting with voters while Governor Romney struggles.
2) President Obama is far more trusted than Mitt Romney to handle both economic and social issues.
3) Big margins on taxes, economic and social programs create opportunities for President Obama and dangers for Mitt Romney.
“Final Four” GOTV Push
As we head into the final weeks of the 2012 campaign, the AFL-CIO, Workers’ Voice and Working America’s grassroots political campaigns are focused almost exclusively on efforts to get out the vote. And we’re preparing for our signature “Final Four” campaign to spend the last four days of the election ensuring every person can and does vote. As the polling shows, our direct voter contact is cutting through the clutter of the unprecedented and secret cash from Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers. Our GOTV push will get people to the polls on Election Day and protect their right to vote.
Final Four GOTV Plan
In addition, Working America will:
Contact: Josh Goldstein or Eddie Vale (202) 637-5018