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Don't Take My TV 'Outliers'

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Chris Good reviews new health care polling.

Daniel Gross thinks Democrats may do better than expected in 2010; Jon Chait warns to watch his caveat.

John Sides shares new research on the sources of Obama's 2008 victory.

Lou Harris assesses the tea party movement.

Eric Zorn rounds up reactions to the Harris "Wingnut" poll.

A familiar name voices support for Pelosi.

Amy Gershkoff laments the lack of data driven decisions in television advertising (via Lundry).

Edison research finds more Americans would give up television than the internet.

 

Comments
Ptolemy:

Lou Harris says: "Looking at how these current Tea Party supporters view the president, a lopsided 77% of the Tea Party followers are solidly negative about Barack Obama as a person. It would be a vast mistake not to conclude that many of the Tea Party supporters are anything but hostile to the notion that a black, no matter how qualified, should ever serve as president of the United States."

Why? Harris offers only an ingenuous recap of disputed reports of racial slurs being used against Democrats to validate his conclusion.

On the other hand, his own poll data show that a lopsided 77% of liberals are solidly negative about Sarah Palin as a person (not discussed in his analysis, of course). Would it then be a mistake not to conclude that many liberals are anything but woman-haters?

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GARY WAGNER:

The race card has been played absolutely to death. The liberals have overrused it so much in the past 2 years that it doesn't even have any impact any more.

Taking what Ptolemy said even further, what percentage of blacks are solidly negative against Sarah Palin? I'll bet it is in the 95% or higher range. Doesn't that smack of racism?

By the same token, one of those polls last week showed that 99% of blacks support healthcare. 99%? Does that say anything about race based approval/disapproval?

Things like the Harris analysis are all based on the assumption that insults and names based on race are somehow worse than insults and names in general. They're all hateful. Does it really matter whether it is because the person hates whites, blacks, democrats, repbublicans, jews, or women? Everyone is biased. Some people express it more freely.

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sjt22:

Would it then be a mistake not to conclude that many liberals are anything but woman-haters?

I'm sure the liberals who voted for a qualified female presidential nominee in the primaries would disagree.

Here's what we know about the "tea party": They're overwhelmingly white. They're older. They're Republican, or were, and would most likely never support any but the most conservative Democrats, and even that is a stretch.

And we also know that all the problems they claim to be worried about have been problems for decades, and yet it was only when a black man was legally elected President (and proceeded to cut most of their taxes) did this movement "come alive".

Tea Parties aren't new. This isn't some new political awakening. Its a group of people who were running things and can't stand the fact that they lost, so they're going to cry and whine and stomp their feet and "get their country back". From who, exactly? The majority who elected Obama and the Democratic Congress. The majority that they are no longer part of.

I'll bet it is in the 95% or higher range. Doesn't that smack of racism?

So you don't know, but based on making up numbers you have reached a conclusion. Blacks probably are strongly against Sarah Palin. Just as they were strongly against Bush and many other Republicans, and strongly for Kerry, Gore, the Clintons, and many many other white politicians. Partisan, yes. Race driven? Dubious.

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