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Watch: Young Surge Voters React to the Inflation Reduction Act in Focus Groups. Few Had Heard News of Bill’s Passage

Washington, D.C. | Aug 15 – In HIT Strategies’ latest Democratic focus group, young surge voters reacted to the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. Few focus participants acknowledged hearing about the bill before the moderator’s description.

“Young people don’t know much about the Inflation Reduction Act. However, after learning more, they supported it—especially the climate change measures,” said Terrance Woodbury, HIT Strategies’ founding partner. “General unawareness of  Democrats’ success remains a major obstacle for enthusiasm. So our political leaders have a critical opportunity to make their case in the next three months.” 

HIT Strategies’ latest focus group was with young Democratic “surge” voters of color, ages 18-25, who voted for Biden in 2020 but did not vote in the 2018 midterms. 

Selected Quotation: 

12:54 – 13:23 “Yeah. I also think it’s a great idea if it’s reducing healthcare premiums and reducing energy costs and stuff. I think that’s great. And if it’s not going to increase tax for taxpayers, then I think it’s a good idea, and it should go forward.” 

13:31 – 14:06 “I would say it’s a small victory. I mean, at least they did something. It’s better than what we’ve been doing for the past few—seems like forever. I agree with the greenhouse [gases]. I mean, I’m pro-climate change. I want to stop it. Right now, it might hurt a little when it comes to the money, but you gotta think about the long run. And I know, in the long run, it’s gonna pay off even if we can’t see it right now.” 

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As Washington’s leading millennial and minority-owned public opinion research company, HIT Strategies helps progressive leaders and organizationstranslate the values and attitudes of target audiences into real-time insights. We understand America’s fastest-growing electorate and consumer groups and specialize in targeting communities under-represented in public opinion, including Black Americans, Latino Americans, Millennials + Genz, LGBTQ+, Women, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders. Visit and follow @HITStrat on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more information.  


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