A new poll has some disturbing news for Democrats: the country defers to Republicans rather than Democrats when it comes to the economy.
That finding is according to a new Economic Media Project study conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research on behalf of the Democratic-leaning Democracy Corps. The research said that, despite Democrats having a 5-point partisan identification advantage over Republicans, more people (43 percent to 38 percent) think Republicans have a better handle on the economy than Democrats. That’s “a 10 point deficit based on the presumptive partisan orientation,” the memo from the study said.
“The public really has pulled back from Democrats on the economy,” the memo said.
The study’s findings went on to say that conservatives don’t dominate the issue but liberals are still trailing them.
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But the study’s findings suggested that high government spending and an increasing number of regulations (areas often focused on by conservatives) aren’t nearly as important to the “rising American electorate” as equal pay for women and jobs that offer a sufficient wage to live on. See the below chart:
Blogger’s note:The data presented here is consistent with data collected by the big polling organizations over the last two years. Whenever asked, people consistently identify policies that are squarely in the progressive camp as policies they approve of. This is in line with the way voters who bothered with Election 2014 voted; in favor of progressive ballot initiatives and against Democrats but not for Republicans. When asked whether they view the parties favorably, they do not. When asked whether they view institutions favorably, they do not, either. When asked whether either party accurately represents their views, the answer is no. When asked whether candidates’ views are aligned with their own, the answer is also no.So, to conclude that the inference is that respondents therefore favor Republicans just doesn’t follow.Hopefully, Charles Blow and Paul Krugman will give these data another look.
Read the whole study below:Dcor EMP Memo 111414 v4
Curated from talkingpointsmemo.com