City Leaders Say Infrastructure Investment and Strengthening the Economy Are Top Two Issues Clinton or Trump Should Address in First 100 Days

WASHINGTON — A quick poll of America's mayors and councilmembers found that infrastructure investment and strengthening the economy are the most pressing issues that Hilary Clinton or Donald Trump should address in their first 100 days if elected to office. The poll, conducted by the National League of Cities (NLC) in the first 17 hours after the final debate, also found that neither candidate is sufficiently addressing the most important city priorities. The poll follows an earlier poll conducted by NLC as part of its bipartisan Cities Lead 2016 campaign, which advocates for city priorities with presidential candidates and their campaigns.

"Our polling shows that local elected officials consistently feel that neither candidate is addressing the top priorities that cities need to grow and prosper," said Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and executive director of the National League of Cities (NLC). "Whoever is elected in November must be partner willing to stand with cities. The president must understand that core city priorities — from infrastructure investment to public safety to strengthening the economy — will make our nation strong."

Key findings of the quick poll:

  • When asked what is the most pressing issue facing your city for the next president to address in his or her first 100 days in office, respondents selected the following: 41.5 percent strengthening the economy, 40 percent investing in infrastructure, 11 percent improving public safety and 7.5 percent other.
  • 39 percent of respondents found Trump to be sufficiently addressing the most important city priorities, while 36 percent found Clinton to be doing so.
  • 56 percent of respondents believe Clinton to be a better potential partner for cities, while 44 percent believed the same for Trump.
  • Respondents listed their top policy concerns for this election as the following: 48.5 percent infrastructure, 40 percent the economy, 3 percent public safety and 8.5 percent other.

The quick poll was conducted online using the Qualtrics platform and targeted city officials from Oct. 19-20, 2016. Out of the 200 people who responded, 52 self-identified as mayors, 148 as councilmembers (results were filtered to only include mayors and councilmembers).


The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

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