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Exit Polls: It Really Is the Economy, Stupid

Posted on Nov 2, 2010
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Exit polls have started to leak and the results are not at all surprising: 80 percent of voters in this election are worried about the direction of the economy, but most blame Wall Street and George W. Bush for the crisis ahead of President Obama. About 40 percent self-identified as tea party supporters and voted Republican.

Most voters polled as they left their precincts said the country is heading in the wrong direction, and both parties were found to be unpopular.

One in three voters said someone in his or her household lost a job in the last two years.

The Huffington Post:

About a third say their household suffered a job loss in the past two years, but that didn’t give a clear direction to their voting. They divided over which party to support in Tuesday’s House races.

About four in 10 say they are worse off financially than they were two years ago. More than 80 percent said they were worried about the direction of the economy over the next year.

Only about a quarter of voters in Tuesday’s House races blamed Obama for the nation’s economic troubles. But about half think Obama’s policies will hurt the country.

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By Tesla, November 3, 2010 at 7:36 am Link to this comment

Think the Dems will end the filibuster in the Senate
finally? Probably not since Reid won re-election. His
losing would have been a good thing for the non-vichy

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By mdgr, November 2, 2010 at 9:55 pm Link to this comment

The Huffington post, which supposedly extrapolated the poll (Edison Research), can be characterized as not just partisan, but reliably schizophrenic.

It’s also turned into a glorified scandal sheet, with Arianna Huffington hellbent on saving America from becoming a developing country—albeit in a nice and mannerly manner, as befitting a Jon Stewart “sanity rally.” I used to have the Huff as my home page, but I got tired of reading headlines about Brittney Spears and Hollywood.

To be fair, it’s only pitching to the crowd, not unlike the way they used to do it in the Roman Coliseum. But still, it’s mostly a Democratic Party front, a shill for the collaborative party of Vichy. Arianna herself is both perspicacious and outspoken, but she seems to have been essentially co-opted. Too bad, because David Sirota was right. Most of the so-called progressive websites only depart from the Vichy-line by only a small margin, if at all.

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By rico, suave, November 2, 2010 at 7:43 pm Link to this comment

Let’s go over to the Gene Robinson column.

He blames tonight’s results on racism. Hmmmm.

Obama comes in a dismal third place in the scapegoat sweepstakes. Hmmmm.

And, good news. Only “about a quarter blamed Obama” for the economic mess and are therefore rabidly racist.

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