Why did the public support the progressives?

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The public supported the progressives because most of their reforms were things that would help the bulk of the people and only harm a few.

The progressives' main goals were to reduce the power of big businesses and to help make poor people and immigrants more like the middle class. ...

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The public supported the progressives because most of their reforms were things that would help the bulk of the people and only harm a few.

The progressives' main goals were to reduce the power of big businesses and to help make poor people and immigrants more like the middle class.  Their desire to reduce the power of big business would have been popular with almost everyone since workers and the middle class would both have felt that the abuses of big business hurt them.  The campaigns to change the lower classes would have only annoyed some of the people in those upper big business classes.  This left many people who would be happy with the ideas of the progressives.

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