In a time of hyper-partisanship, political compromise and agreement might seem like a pipe dream. But in reality, we find that most people actually agree on most issues. Despite differences in political affiliation, geography, ethnicity, religion, or any other important factor, most Utahns identify the same top priority issues for the state.
At Action Utah, we have a mandate to work on the issues that data shows Utahns care about most and to take the stance of the majority on those issues. The majority doesn’t mean one single group or political affiliation, it means a diverse mix of Utahs who share common ground on an issue.
Action Utah utilizes the best data available from reliable local and regional survey and polling institutions such as Dan Jones and Associates, Envision Utah, the Hinckley Institute, Utah Foundation, Kem C. Gardner Institute and Y2 Analytics, etc, to inform our work identifying top issues and developing and supporting solutions and strategies that represent the beliefs and needs of Utahns.
That’s why Action Utah’s work covers four major issue areas:
- Public Health
- Environmental Stewardship
- Families & Communities
Our mission is to empower Utahns to get civically engaged and impact the issues you care about most. That means it is important for us to understand the issues you care about and provide relevant information and advocacy opportunities you can use to make a difference. We invite you to learn more about Our Issues and the work we do to keep you mobilized and making an impact.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
The next time you find yourself in a social media or dinner table political argument, take a step back (and a deep breath) and remember that you likely share common ground.
- Use moments of disagreement about politics with your friends and family to recognize that, despite differences about the best solutions, you all believe that the issues exist and matter. The pure acknowledgement that you care about the same issues is the first step to understanding each other’s beliefs and needs.
- Notice when you use different words to mean similar things. Are any of your words partisan favorites or partisan war cries? How can you eliminate those words from political discussions to stay focussed on the issues?
- Think about what values the person you are arguing with holds and how they prioritize their values in the same way or in a different way from you. Your differences likely come from a different prioritization of the issues above all else.
- Focus on where you can find common ground. Can you come up with a compromise solution (recognizing that compromises don’t satisfy either party entirely, but do provide a path forward towards solutions)?