A recent survey was conducted to get the public’s views on federal preemption and the results were just about what I figured they would be. It was clear from the survey that .Americans strongly oppose the policy of federal preemption. Those opposed (64%) far exceeded those who support (31%) the policy being pushed hard by President Bush and powerful corporate special interests. It’s most significant that only 7% of those who supported the policy were “strongly in favor.” Folks are even stronger in this opposition when they learn that “federal preemption” policy means that if a product meets federal safety regulations, no suit can be filed against the product manufacturer for personal injuries suffered as a result of using the product. Those against the policy become even more strongly opposed when they find out that the Bush Administration is behind it.
Another significant finding from the survey was that Americans “worry” they or some family member “will be harmed by an unsafe product” and believe strongly that companies “often cut corners when it comes to safety.” In fact, 51% of the people hold that belief, while only 41% disagree. Interestingly, 72% of the folks who say they plan on voting in November are “worried” that they will be harmed by an “unsafe product.” The percentage of voters believing manufacturers put profits over safety and “cut corners when it comes to safety” increases to 57%, with those who disagree slips slightly to 40%.
It’s my firm belief that when the American people begin to really understand what federal preemption is all about the numbers in opposition will soar even higher. The Bush Administration has been flying under the radar on this issue so far. But, that is slowly changing and people are becoming aware of how federal preemption will affect them. By the time November 4th comes around, I am convinced federal preemption will be a hot political issue. Members of Congress will have to respond in their respective states because of the strong feelings on this issue.
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