Third Way on the Road: District Visits
Published June 13, 2017
It’s no secret that almost everyone in Washington, including us, missed something BIG in 2016. We decided to get outside the Beltway to learn more. So we’re on the road, listening to people in a range of places, with the hope of better understanding their anxieties, hopes, and values.
The congressional districts we’ll visit are all over the country, and they differ dramatically in demographics, economy, politics, and culture. You can follow our travels at #TWontheRoad to see the latest on where our team is headed and the interesting conversations they are having.
Our first visits were to IL-17, the Quad Cities area. It’s a classic “switcher” district—it’s predominately white working class, and it shifted by 16 points from Obama ’12 to Trump ’16. It also re-elected Democrat Cheri Bustos to the House by a wide margin.
We met with nearly 40 people during two trips. And no matter who they voted for, what they told us was remarkably similar. Here’s a short overview of what we heard:
You can take a deeper dive in our Medium article below that shares more on how residents view on issues like manufacturing, immigration, and education; what they think the future looks like for young people; and what they are looking for from leaders in Washington.
Next up: Wisconsin, Florida, and Arizona. Stay tuned.
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