Yahoo Uncovers What Americans Care About

Yahoo has been busy gathering tons of data about Americans’ opinions on important political, economic and social issues as the U.S. approaches its midterm elections.

The company has just released a map infographic showing how public opinion varies from region to region across the United States.

In September, Yahoo’s 1.7 million respondents identified the nation’s most pressing issues, from the economy to the environment and beyond.

For example, 65% of respondents from all over the United States say President Obama is “out of touch;” 56% think the U.S. will maintain its superpower status despite China’s economic gains; and 53% say oil companies should be taxed more to fund alternative, green energy sources.

Americans in this survey were conservative on immigration, favoring Arizona’s controversial new laws, and on the new health care law, saying it should be overturned in the courts.

Now, Yahoo has gathered enough information to break down responses by state and geographic region. This infographic shows the most popular question for each region, along with a percentage split and the number of votes on that question from that region.

Surprisingly, Upper Midwesterners and Californians roughly agreed on what was the most popular question for both areas. Respondents from California, Oregon and Washington were united with their Midwestern counterparts in thinking that a White House-level staff shakeup wouldn’t do a lot to help the economy.

And respondents from the South agreed with people from the western U.S. that Charlie Crist, the independent governor and senate hopeful from Florida, represents a need for unaffiliated, independent politicians.

Finally, when it comes to the current economic recession, many citizens are losing confidence in the idea of the American Dream. Forty percent of Northeastern and 46% of Midwestern respondents said the “Great Recession” has made the American Dream an outdated notion.

This infographic is the third and latest in a series based on Yahoo’s Ask America data. Images were created by interactive agency JESS3.

Source: Mashable