"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

Thomas Jefferson
Sept. 23, 1800

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Poll Examines Voter Reasoning

A new Civitas Institute poll asked voters to explain why they did not vote for the other guy. These are a bunch of verbatim responses and so are not very scientific, but they are interesting.

After a couple of reads, it occurred to me that Obama's voters tend to see Democrats and McCain as a Republican, while the McCain voters were much more likely to define the candidates by ideology, i.e. liberal, conservative, socialist. I'm not sure how to use that insight, but I found it interesting. I think that at least it shows the way to win the right is to speak as a conservative rather than as a Republican. The right-leaning voters may be more likely to tell the difference.

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