One Country Project
Yesterday, One Country Project (OCP) released the third and final report in a three-part series on rural America’s reaction to President Biden’s first 100 days in office. The report analyzes publicly available online conversations surrounding President Biden’s actions and policies among rural Americans in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. This final report expands upon the first two reports and offers insights into the rural reaction to key issues, including infrastructure, jobs, and the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
“In order to best serve rural communities, lawmakers and the Biden administration must listen to what the people in these communities need and want to see,” said OCP co-founder Heidi Heitkamp.
“Throughout the first 100 days of the Biden administration, we have seen rural Americans laud the president for his quick and effective work of getting the COVID-19 pandemic under control and ensuring everyone can get a vaccine. On the other hand, we have also seen concern over issues like job creation and schools reopening. As the country returns to normalcy and President Biden and Congress work to grow the economy and make significant investments in communities across our nation, lawmakers must actively listen to Americans living in rural areas and address the issues that affect their everyday lives.”
The key findings of the final report include:
- The Biden administration previously enjoyed support for its approach to combatting COVID-19. This trend has continued throughout the first 100 days as rural Americans thank Biden for keeping them safe through the vaccine and other COVID-mitigation policies.
- Proposed “COVID passports” are causing concerns on both sides of the aisle. The right believes it could further perceived attacks on civil liberties stemming from COVID-19 while the left believes it will increase inequalities in race and class.
- Biden is receiving heavy praise from his own supporters when it comes to addressing climate change in the American Jobs Plan.
- Despite conversation about the American Jobs Plan and the American Rescue Plan dissipating, rural posters are beginning to talk about the potential for job creation based upon increased employment numbers across the U.S.
- Topics which had previously received stark criticism, such as jobs, immigration, and minimum wage have decreased in volume over the final third of the first 100 days.
View all three reports here.
About One Country Project
The One Country Project, led by former Senators Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Donnelly, is working to promote greater opportunities for rural communities and ensure leaders earn their support. One Country is reengaging with rural Americans, serving as a clearinghouse of research and information for rural Americans, and working to ensure leaders regain trust by fighting for these communities. To learn more, visit the website, OneCountryProject.org.