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National grassroots survey of conservative grassroots activists say lasting change can only come with a seismic shift at the federal level

A new, nationwide survey of more than 3,200 grassroots volunteers in all 50 states released today by Convention of States (COS) Action, highlights the burgeoning frustrations of the American people. 

Almost half of respondents – 47 percent – have joined the grassroots Convention of States movement within the last year, showing the growing number of citizens that are angry with elected officials in Washington, and are seeking to reign in power, returning it back to the states, and back to the people.  While many of the volunteers have just joined Convention of States, 64 percent have been involved in politics in some capacity in the past.

Mark Meckler, tea party co-founder, leader of the Convention of States Project and President of Citizens for Self-Governance said, “They are the hardworking Americans who are willing to put in “sweat equity,” by calling potential voters, canvassing neighborhoods, and urging their fellow citizens to become more active in the civic work of their communities and nation.”

Amongst Convention of States grassroots activists, however, there’s a conflict over whether they believe President Donald Trump can succeed or whether Republicans and Democrats will continue to thwart his efforts; 51 percent of the volunteers interviewed believed Congress would continue to block President Trump’s efforts.

When asked on whom our activists place the blame for the inability to accomplish anything in Washington, most agreed the political establishment, followed closely by the media.

Activists were also asked what most attracts them to the Convention of States Project, a similar suspicion of the government is clearly shown:

  1. Congress will never propose the proper kind of amendments to restrain itself.
  2. Returning decision making closer to the citizens of the sovereign states.
  3. This solution bypasses Congress and the Courts and is from “We the People.”
  4. This is a permanent solution to draining the swamp no matter who controls DC in the future.

**The survey results were based on over 3,200 interviews conducted among two million plus grassroots leaders and volunteers. The interviewing dates were June 23- June 27, 2017.

About the Convention of States Project
The Convention of States Project is currently organized in all 50 states, including over two million volunteers, supporters and advocates committed to stopping the federal government’s abuse of power. Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Indiana, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arizona, North Dakota, Texas and Missouri have passed our Article V resolution since the Project’s founding in 2013. Virginia hosted the first-ever Simulated Article V Convention of States in the fall of 2016. Currently, 26 states are considering the Convention of States resolution. For more information visit www.ConventionofStates.com.

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