Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Change to Win: Making the Difference for Obama
WASHINGTON, DC - Following is a statement from Change to Win chair Anna Burger on the results of the March 4 primary elections in Ohio, Texas, Vermont and Rhode Island.
"The aggressive education and mobilization efforts of the Change to Win unions in yesterday's key primary election states played a crucial role in turning out union members in support of Sen. Barack Obama. Change to Win members closed the gap on the double-digit lead Sen. Hillary Clinton held just weeks ago.
"In just ten days from the Change to Win endorsement of Barack Obama, thousands of union volunteers were mobilized and devoted their time and energy to knock on tens of thousands of doors, make hundreds of thousands of phone calls and barnstorm worksites. Change to Win members support Sen. Obama as the candidate with the best vision and program to restore the American Dream for America's workers. He has instilled a new enthusiasm in the political process based on a campaign of hope rather than despair and made us believe that together we can make a difference.
"We strongly stand with Barack Obama and will continue our fight to help make him the next president of the United States. We will be in every primary and caucus state working to educate and mobilize our members to support the American Dream candidate, Barack Obama."
Change to Win and Lake Research Partners have been conducting a series of surveys on the American Dream over the past two years. In the latest American Dream poll, voters identified Barack Obama as the candidate with best vision to restore the American Dream.
Greg Denier or Noreen Nielsen, 202-721-0660
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Change To Win Turns Its Members Out For Obama
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Thousands of Change to win members and volunteers are crossing Ohio, Texas, Vermont and Rhode Island today in a final push to get out the vote for the American Dream candidate, Barack Obama. With nearly 300,000 members in today's primary states - including 175,000 in Ohio, 25,000 in Rhode Island and 70,000 in Texas - Change to Win has launched one of the most aggressive grassroots efforts in a primary election educating and mobilizing hundreds of thousands of workers and their families, and helping close the gap between Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.
"This election is about restoring the American Dream for America's workers," said Change to Win chair Anna Burger. "Barack Obama has not only instilled a new enthusiasm into the political process, he has set forth a vision of hope rather than despair and made the chance of achieving the American Dream a reality for working families. He has brought millions of new people in to the process and made us believe that by acting together we can make a difference."
Since the endorsement, Change to Win unions have been working to reach members in key March 4th primary states to turn out union members to vote for Sen. Obama and help turn the American Dream into a reality. Over the past ten days thousands of members and volunteers have contributed more than 16,000 volunteer hours:
- Knocking on over 50,000 doors
- Sending out over half a million pieces of mail to members
- Making hundreds of thousands of phone calls
- Conducting member-to-member outreach at worksites throughout the three states
With a comprehensive program focused on education and mobilization, Change to Win has witnessed a steady increase in support for Barack Obama among working people as they receive more information about how he is the candidate with the best vision and plan to restore the American Dream for working families.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Fighting for the American Dream
Change to Win Unions Ramp Up Efforts For Obama In March 4 Primaries
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Voters believe Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is the candidate with the best vision and plan to restore the American Dream and is bringing increased enthusiasm to the 2008 presidential election, according to a new survey released today by Change to Win. The dream, according to the majority of voters surveyed, is a good job with a wage that can support a family, affordable health care, a secure retirement and the opportunity for a better future. This is the fourth poll of the American Dream survey series conducted by Change to Win over the past two years.
As Lake Research Partners president Celinda Lake noted during a news conference call with reporters earlier today, voters are more worried than ever that the American Dream is slipping away, especially in light of the current administration's policies. However, voters are markedly more enthusiastic about this November election compared to previous elections with nearly three out of five voters (58%) saying they are more enthusiastic, up from 44 percent in September 2007. The intensity of their enthusiasm has also increased with 42 percent saying they are much more enthusiastic compared to only 25 percent in September 2007.
The survey results also found that the candidacy of Barack Obama and his vision for restoring the American Dream is a significant factor in this increased enthusiasm, with 70 percent of the voters who believe Sen. Obama has the best vision for restoring the American Dream saying they are much more enthusiastic about the 2008 election than the previous elections. This enthusiasm and the basic working family economic concerns that make up the cornerstones of the American Dream are at the heart of Change to Win's election efforts on behalf of Senator Barack Obama.
Monday, March 3, 2008
Barack Obama: The American Dream Candidate
On March 3, 2008, Change to Win released the fourth in our ongoing series of American Dream Surveys. This survey shows that while voters are profoundly worried about the economy and the state of the American Dream, they are also enthusiastic and hopeful about the possibility of real change in the 2008 election.
Voters are more worried than ever that the American Dream is slipping away, especially in the light of the current administration's policies. With this threat to the American Dream at the forefront of voters' concerns, Barack Obama is leading as the "American Dream Candidate" who has the best chance to restore it.
Monday, March 3, 2008
Remarks by Change to Win Chair Anna Burger on the Release of the Spring 2008 American Dream Survey
The American Dream reflects the hopes and aspirations of America's working families. It is a universal expression of our core values as Americans.
For the overwhelming majority of American voters the centerpiece of the dream is a job that can support a family, along with affordable health care and a secure retirement. Working families want their children and grandchildren to have the opportunity for a better future.
But the dream is at risk.
Most Americans think the dream is getting harder and harder to obtain, and they believe that the policies of the Bush administration have only made it worse.
While there is growing economic anxiety, there is also a remarkable rise in enthusiasm for the '08 presidential election. Working people in increasing numbers believe they can have an impact on the election. And they believe the president that they elect can have a positive impact in helping America's families obtain the American Dream.
In our last American Dream survey, we asked -- in an opened ended question -- which president candidate had the best vision for restoring the American Dream. Senator Hillary scored highest with Barack Obama coming in second. No Republican candidate at the time got out of the single digits.
Our current survey shows Barack Obama as the American Dream candidate. Senator Obama was named by 31 percent of the respondents while Hillary Clinton received 18 percent -- down from 30 percent last November. The presumptive Republican nominee John McCain received 22 percent.
Americans believe that irresponsible corporate conduct -- from shipping jobs overseas to breaking promises to workers on health care and pensions -- is the primary threat to the American Dream.