Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 301

Posts Tagged ‘campaign’

This is the moment our movement was built for

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 6 agosto 2009

For one month, the fight for health insurance reform leaves the backrooms of Washington, D.C., and returns to communities across America. Throughout August, members of Congress are back home, where the hands they shake and the voices they hear will not belong to lobbyists, but to people like you. Home is where we’re strongest. We didn’t win last year’s election together at a committee hearing in D.C. We won it on the doorsteps and the phone lines, at the softball games and the town meetings, and in every part of this great country where people gather to talk about what matters most. And if you’re willing to step up once again, that’s exactly where we’re going to win this historic campaign for the guaranteed, affordable health insurance that every American deserves. There are those who profit from the statu quo, or see this debate as a political game, and they will stop at nothing to block reform. They are filling the airwaves and the internet with outrageous falsehoods to scare people into opposing change. And some people, not surprisingly, are getting pretty nervous. So we’ve got to get out there, fight lies with truth, and set the record straight. In politics, there’s a rule that says when you ask people to get involved, always tell them it’ll be easy. Well, let’s be honest here: passing comprehensive health insurance reform will not be easy. Every President since Harry Truman has talked about it, and the most powerful and experienced lobbyists in Washington stand in the way.  But every day we don’t act, Americans watch their premiums rise three times faster than wages, small businesses and families are pushed towards bankruptcy, and 14,000 people lose their coverage entirely. The cost of inaction is simply too much for the people of this nation to bear.  So yes, fixing this crisis will not be easy. Our opponents will attack us every day for daring to try. It will require time, and hard work, and there will be days when we don’t know if we have anything more to give. But there comes a moment when we all have to choose between doing what’s easy, and doing what’s right.  This is one of those times. And moments like this are what this movement was built for. So, are you ready? (President Barack Obama)

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Opinion poll on European elections and citizens’ policy interests

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 14 aprile 2009

An opinion poll on interest in the 4-7 June European elections and on EU policy issues reports that 34% of possible voters surveyed across the EU say they are already certain that they will go and vote in June, while 19% of respondents said they were already certain that they would not vote. The poll, which was taken from mid-January to mid-February, does not predict the final turnout at the June elections; it provides instead a sliding scale between those who, at the time of the poll, definitely intended to go and vote and those who definitely intended to stay at home. Late in March, the European Parliament unveiled its institutional campaign to raise awareness of the elections. Concerned at the steady decline in turnout over the years and polls reporting that respondents felt they lack information, the European Parliament devised an eye-catching campaign which focuses on specific policy options available. It is hoped that as the different parts of the campaign become visible from April in all EU countries, interest in and knowledge of the elections will rise. Also, in the weeks leading up to the elections, the political debate will heat up. More solid indications of voters’ intentions are expected in those weeks. On policy issues, respondents expressed greatest concern about the economy: the topic which preoccupied them most was unemployment  (57%), closely followed by economic growth. Other major concerns were inflation and purchasing power, and pension security.  The first non-economic subject on the list of respondents’ stated interests was crime (29%) followed by the security of energy supply (27%) and climate change (26%).

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