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    "Values voters" make up a relatively small percentage of the electorate. Most voters don't vote on values. Values voters find this hard to understand, dismissing everyone else as airheads. But other voters are often informed, and often put a considerable amount of effort into selecting a candidate. They just aren't looking for a candidate who shares their values.

    This is the truth underlying the so-called mystery of why most voters "agree with" Democratic values, but most voters often don't vote Democratic.

    For example, a recent survey of voters 50+ showed that their number one issue is government competence. Second was social security...their version of "the economy." Third was rising health  costs (not "universal healthcare"). The war was next, followed by education, which is interesting, because everyone always thinks older voters don't care about education since their kids are out of school.

    Sometimes I think it's a sin, when I feel like I'm winning when I'm losing again.
    -Gordon Lightfoot, 'Sundown'

    by Free Spirit on Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 01:21:31 PM PDT

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