Voter Disgust Isn’t About the Issues

According to a Pew Center poll completed a few weeks ago, the Republican advantage at the moment is mostly grounded in the party’s 13-point lead among independents, which is about the same margin by which those voters supported Democratic candidates in 2006 and Mr. Obama in 2008. In other words, independent voters have tended to side with whichever party can legitimately claim not to be in charge at the moment, and ideology doesn’t have a whole lot to ... Full Story »

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Neil R. Anderson
3.3
by Neil R. Anderson - Nov. 1, 2010

Matt Bai cites the work of three independent consultants to demonstrate that voters may be more concerned about the "breakdown of civil society" than the political issues themselves.

Bai writes, "the facilitator asks the half-dozen or so voters to invent their own countries and to compare their idealized versions with the country they actually live in."

It would seem that ideal-driven questions would render ideal-driven answers, whereas policy-driven questions would render policy-driven answers. Therefore, suggesting voters are more concerned about the disintegration of society than the political issues themselves, based on this research alone, is a bit overstated.

Is it a factor? Of course. Is it what's driving Americans to vote the way they do? That's a stretch.

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