Shifting Paradigm Context
- The system is broken.
- America is becoming increasingly polarized.
- Both parties use framing to push their problems.
- There are increased immigration pressures with more non-white than white babies born in 2011.
- There is economic pressure on the middle class. 63% believe they are worse off than their parents.
Infrastructure & Public Opinion
- Satisfaction with Infrastructure in Global Context
- There’s a deep dissatisfaction with infrastructure
- Citizens have their own agenda and priorities
- Main problems facing America today
- Priorities have been stable over time and correlated with real things.
- Infrastructure must be linked to higher priorities
- Must be linked to the economic growth agenda
- Infrastructure Meaning & Agenda
- What does infrastructure mean to people?
- Americans have infrastructure priorities
- Framing infrastructure as an investment is more effective
- Projects must involve all stakeholders.
- Increased political uncertainty in medium term due to belief in the broken system
- Americans are concerned with infrastructure but it’s not a high priority issue
- Must be linked to higher order concerns (like jobs/economy and security)
- Infrastructure has multiple meanings: roads, bridges, jobs. But other concerns are important when prompted (water & energy)
- Need to be specific about benefits
- Talk investment NOT spending
- Stakeholders want a voice. Give it to them!