Questions asked by Category

Issues and Issue Categories

Within the 599 Questions submitted, we saw:

  • 76 Different Issues mentioned (Progressive Tax, Gun Control, Education funding, etc.). We categorized those Issues into:
  • 12 Major Issue Categories (Economy, Crime, Education, etc.)

Indivisible members asked questions on 76 different Issues, from the “ACA” to “Women's Rights”. We categorized these different Issues into 12 major Categories. The total number of questions for each category is in the table below. This shows us that there were more Economy questions (211) than any other Category, and there was only one Net Neutrality question.

The colors in the bars for each Category indicate the importance of the Category to the membership. This shows us that even though there are more questions about Governance overall, questions about Education are the more urgent to the respondents.

Next: Explore the Issue Categories

 

Issue Categories in Detail

The grassroots' questions broke out into 12 major categories below. Click through to see the details for each.

 
 

Economy

Not only was Economy the most asked about Category, but economic questions touched multiple issues within a single question.  Many respondents linked the state budget to issues within the Economy category (such as tax reform and pensions,) as well as to issues in other categories (such as social welfare and education). Questions ranged from very general How are you going to fix it?  To more specific questions framed with a clear concern for pension solvency or addressing implementation of a Progressive Tax.

See the details on Economy Questions


Education

Education issues covered the spectrum of early childhood to graduate school. Most touched on funding for education in some way; whether in context of state funding formulas or tax deductions for college loans.  There were a number of education questions that were specific to Chicago Public Schools, including an elected school board.

See the details on Education Questions


Governance

The category of “governance” came up all over the questions. These questions can generally be characterized as “How can I know that you are going to get it done?” whatever the “it” in the question is. This shows that the Indivisible membership is not just interested in a simple position statement; they are demanding that the candidates demonstrate what they have done on the issue in the past, and know how to work government to get things done if they become governor.

See the details on Governance questions


Crime/Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice questions concern reforming the system to reduce inequalities, as well as asking about how the candidates intend to reign in police brutality.

See the details on Crime/Criminal Justice Questions


Health Care

Above all else, health care questions focused on the specific steps candidates would take to ensure affordable, accessible, and universal coverage. This theme was addressed through both constructive and defensive questions.

See the details on Health Care Questions


Environment

Questions about the environment overwhelmingly centered on climate change and the related issue of renewable energy. Many people asked to see candidates’ plans not only for reducing carbon emissions, but for moving Illinois to a 100% clean-energy economy.

See the details on Environment Questions


Campaign

Only a few questions concerned the mechanics of how the candidates conduct themselves in the governor's race. Those that did talked about transparency, the corruption of donors on the candidates, asked them to address how they prevent from being corrupted, or asked directly if they already are. One question asked about influencing national elections in the future.

See the details on Campaig Questions


Women

Reproductive rights was top-of-mind for many respondents, who asked if candidates would protect these rights from assault, veto attempts to restrict them, and fight efforts to overturn HB40.

See the details on Women Questions


Trump

Many questions in this category---namely those sorted under “Resistance”---have to do with issues addressed elsewhere, such as health care and climate change, and candidates’ plans to resist the harmful actions of the Trump administration. However, some also asked about resisting the Trump administration more generally, seeking to understand how much leverage candidates believe we have in Illinois and the strategy they would pursue as governor, vis a vis the Administration.

See the details on Trump Questions


Social Welfare

Like the questions on the Economy, Social Welfare is a broad category that addresses a range of issues including access to child services, housing and healthcare.  A majority of the questions were asked in the context of the state budget and priorities for funding.

See the details on Social Welfare Questions


Civil Rights +

Only a few questions on these Issues, so grouped together in the chart. 

As with many of the larger issue questions, those dealing with Civil Rights often fell into multiple categories, encompassing many economic, social welfare and healthcare concerns. Sometimes respondents cited specific groups for discussion (e.g. transgender) but more often just used an encompassing phrase such as “for all”.

See the details on Civil Rights and other miscellaneous Questions


Immigration

Members asked the candidates to push Illinois and Chicago as a sanctuary State/City, and to protect DREAMers.

See the details on Immigration Questions

 

Issue Categories in Detail

The grassroots' questions broke out into thse 12 major categories:

go to: Economy - Governance - Education

Crime/Criminal Justice - Health Care - Environment (explore below)

go to: Campaign - Women - Trump

go to: Social Welfare - Civil Rights - Immigration

 
 

Crime/Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice questions concern reforming the system to reduce inequalities, as well as asking about how the candidates intend to reign in police brutality.

See the details on Crime/Criminal Justice Questions


Health Care

Above all else, health care questions focused on the specific steps candidates would take to ensure affordable, accessible, and universal coverage. This theme was addressed through both constructive and defensive questions.

See the details on Health Care Questions


Environment

Questions about the environment overwhelmingly centered on climate change and the related issue of renewable energy. Many people asked to see candidates’ plans not only for reducing carbon emissions, but for moving Illinois to a 100% clean-energy economy.

See the details on Environment Questions

 

Issue Categories in Detail

The grassroots' questions broke out into thse 12 major categories:

go to: Economy - Governance - Education

go to: Crime/Criminal Justice - Health Care - Environment

Campaign - Women - Trump (explore below)

go to: Social Welfare - Civil Rights - Immigration

 
 

Campaign

Only a few questions concerned the mechanics of how the candidates conduct themselves in the governor's race. Those that did talked about transparency, the corruption of donors on the candidates, asked them to address how they prevent from being corrupted, or asked directly if they already are. One question asked about influencing national elections in the future.

See the details on Crime/Criminal Justice Questions


Women

Reproductive rights was top-of-mind for many respondents, who asked if candidates would protect these rights from assault, veto attempts to restrict them, and fight efforts to overturn HB40.

See the details on Women Questions


Trump

Many questions in this category---namely those sorted under “Resistance”---have to do with issues addressed elsewhere, such as health care and climate change, and candidates’ plans to resist the harmful actions of the Trump administration. However, some also asked about resisting the Trump administration more generally, seeking to understand how much leverage candidates believe we have in Illinois and the strategy they would pursue as governor, vis a vis the Administration.

See the details on Trump Questions

 

Issue Categories in Detail

The grassroots' questions broke out into thse 12 major categories:

go to: Economy - Governance - Education

go to: Crime/Criminal Justice - Health Care - Environment

go to: Campaign - Women - Trump

Social Welfare - Civil Rights - Immigration (explore below)

 
 

Social Welfare

Like the questions on the Economy, Social Welfare is a broad category that addresses a range of issues including access to child services, housing and healthcare.  A majority of the questions were asked in the context of the state budget and priorities for funding.

See the details on Social Welfare Questions


Civil Rights +

Only a few questions on these Issues, so grouped together in the chart. 

As with many of the larger issue questions, those dealing with Civil Rights often fell into multiple categories, encompassing many economic, social welfare and healthcare concerns. Sometimes respondents cited specific groups for discussion (e.g. transgender) but more often just used an encompassing phrase such as “for all”.

See the details on Civil Rights and other miscellaneous Questions


Immigration

Members asked the candidates to push Illinois and Chicago as a sanctuary State/City, and to protect DREAMers.

See the details on Immigration Questions