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  •  Hey Sid, I got somethin' for ya... (0+ / 0-)

    I don't know if you've taken a look at the MTSU Poll yet, but you should.

    It paints a somewhat different picture of Tennesseans than your assessment.  Not entirely different - you nail some of it on the social issues - but still, you'll see that Tennesseans aren't as right-wing as you think.

    It's good reading.  I'm curious to know your take on it...

    •  Looks pretty consistent (1+ / 0-)
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      That's a long damn poll.  Glad they didn't call me, I'd be pissed.
      They've got 35% conservative, 5% right wing, so I'll add that up to 40% conservative.
      15% said liberal or far left (about the same) and 35% said moderate ("middle of the road")...which leaves about 10% that don't know or refused to answer.

      I'm surprised that 50% of people said Iraq was a mistake, and yet 57% support military action against Iran if they continue their nuclear ambitions.

      I'm really surprised that 70% of the people said it should be a crime to speak out against the president.

      I'm really curious what the "other" category is when people were asked what the number one problem facing the state is.  The options were: health insurance/health services, education, economy, crime, taxes, gov't corruption, gov't waste/inefficiency, other, refused, and don't know.  Other won with 27%.  Second was health care.  Even still, I don't think those people associate health care as being a problem with doctors or HMO's being in charge of health care.  They don't understand where the high costs come from.

      Is that what you got out of it?

      There are atheists in foxholes. But there are no Evangelicals.

      by Sidof79 on Fri Nov 10, 2006 at 07:43:38 PM PST

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      •  Yes (0+ / 0-)

        I was less interested in what political ideology people defined themselves as because that is just too subjective to mean anything we can really study in relation to election results.

        What I really get into with the MTSU Polls are how people rank issues and priorities.  If you really take a look at the results, you see that Tennesseans are, in fact, fairly progressive when it comes to what they want from the government.  These are not anti-government libertarians like what you see in Deep South states.  These people want access to affordable healthcare, good public schools, clean water and air, good paying jobs.  Things that most Americans - including progressives - want.  Where the disconnect happens is when you start looking at whether Tennesseans are ready to pay more taxes to get those things.  But even then, they don't flat out say "no".  Low taxes are not their top priority.

        It's just interesting is all.  If you've read these findings over the past few years, you see that Tennesseans could be very receptive to populist progressive candidates.  It's the social issues that you lose them on.  But we really don't get those kind of Democrats here anymore.  What we get are pro-corporate DLC Democrats like Phil Bredesen, Bart Gordon, Jim Cooper, and Harold Ford who may or may not be pro-choice, but are most certainly anti-tax.  Even though Tennesseans do not consider low taxes to be the litmus test for elected office.

        There is a formula to winning in there and the right Democrat needs to stumble on it soon...

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