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April 6 2018

How Many Americans Would Give Up Voting for a 10-Percent Pay Raise? It’s Surprising!

by Patrice Lee Onwuka

What would you do for a pay raise? One out of three workers would give up their right to vote for life. Even more, nine out of ten would trade their children's right to vote for life as well. 

Extra cash in your paycheck (before taxes) helps, but what good is that extra income if lawmakers raise your taxes. With no vote, you can't stop the tax increases or hold accountable lawmakers who raised your taxes.

Lend EDU, a financial lending institution, probed how far the average worker would go to for a ten percent pay increase in their annual wages. 

Giving up entertainment and dining out are understandable, but who would trade good hygiene or their civic duty? Surprisingly, a lot of people.

Here are 10 surprising things workers would trade for a fatter paycheck:

  1. 73% would give up all alcoholic beverages for the next five years

  2. 56% would work an extra 10 hours per week for life

  3. 35% would give up the right to vote in all elections for life

  4. 54would give up all social media accounts for the next five years

  5. 9would give up their child's or future child's right to vote in all elections for life

  6. 40% would give up dental care for the next five years

  7. 19would give up access to health insurance for the next five years

  8. 15would give up all of their vacation days for the next five years

  9. 12% would break up with their partner or significant other

  10. 5would eat a single tide pod

This poll of about 1,200 workers was conducted online. The answers may not be truthful or realistic, but it does give us a few clues about the tight financial situation some workers face today and how they would gain some relief.

While few say they would give up their relationships, three times as many would trade away their right to vote. That kind of apathy toward their civic duty is concerning because Americans may not recognize how voting impacts their life, work, and ability to be prosperous

Congress sets federal law that impact every industry and every taxpayer.

Local and state elections and ballot questions determine how tax dollars are spent in neighborhoods from fixing potholes to park upkeep to schools. 

State regulations on obtaining occupations and local regulations on operating businesses can open or close the door to opportunity for workers.

If a third of the electorate traded away their ability to vote in elections, they could not hold their elected officials accountable for the decisions.

Let's not forget that there are people who have lost their right vote (about six million convicted felons) and those waiting to gain the right to vote (immigrants). They would happily appreciate the chance to vote.

It's understandable that workers want to boost their paychecks. Thankfully, the sharing economy turns smartphones into income-generating opportunities for one in four Americans

We also have a strong and competitive jobs market. Workers can now more easily leave their jobs and find better-paying ones.

Bottom line: Workers need not turn to desperate measures like trading their vote, giving up visits to the dentist, or eating a tide pod to boost their income.

 

IIndependent Women's Forum is an educational 501(c)(3) dedicated to developing and advancing policies that aren’t just well intended, but actually enhance people’s freedom, choices, and opportunities. IWF is the sister organization of the Independent Women’s Voice.​
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