The election is over. Now go do the people’s work.

While some politicians and media pundits continue to write about the results of the election last week, many Americans seem to be ready to move on, according to a recent USA Today/Gallup poll.

“With Election Day now in the rear-view mirror, 54% of respondents said they believe the country will be better off four years from now, while 41 % said they’ll be worse off. Majorities of Americans still say they think Obama will be able to accomplish such major policy goals as reducing unemployment, improving education, keeping the U.S. safe from terrorism and improving the health care system.”

That said, it’s no surprise that improving the economy is the top interest of most Americans. Poll after poll show that, including the most recent Elon University Poll. The Gallup Poll affirms that. “A key proposal from Obama’s first term — and one he brought up again in his acceptance speech last week — is raising taxes on Americans earning more than $250,000 a year. While less than half of Americans consider this a highly important goal, another 24% call it somewhat important, indicating the public may not resist it. However, a much larger proportion is in favor of tax reform that lowers tax rates and eliminates deductions and loopholes — more along the lines of what Romney was proposing.” 

We like to have our cake and eat it, too.

Meanwhile, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation sponsored a poll that found that an overwhelming number of Americans who voted support establishing national standards for voting, including the hours polls are open, who is eligible to vote, and the design of ballots.

You don’t need to watch many videos of people lining up to vote in Florida to understand the concern.

— John Robinson

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