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Progressive group urges Democrats to focus on tax reform

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

If Democrats want to win over voters in 2018, they should start pushing a strong economic message and focus on tax reform — at least according to a new survey for Priorities USA, an advocacy organization for the grassroots progressive movement.

Economic concerns were one of the main issues for people surveyed, which included three types of voters:

  1. Voters who supported Mitt Romney in 2012 but did not support Donald Trump in 2016
  2. Trump voters who either supported him with mixed feelings or previously voted for Barack Obama
  3. Intermittent Democratic voters who either did not participate in the 2016 election or haven't voted consistently

Why it matters: This survey provides one suggestion for how Democrats can build an economic message to counter Republicans. A "progressive platform on economic change" could be more persuasive than "the Republican agenda of cutting taxes and regulations," according to the survey.