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  •  The report was very careful. (1+ / 0-)
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    Instead of focusing on these intense ideological divisions, the press and elites continue to look for a racial element that drives these voters' beliefs - but they need to get over it. Conducted on the heels of Joe Wilson's incendiary comments at the president's joint session address, we gave these groups of older, white Republican base voters in Georgia full opportunity to bring race into their discussion - but it did not ever become a central element, and indeed, was almost beside the point.

    The authors also note that the GOP voters they interviewed used racial terms. It is my belief that without outright expressions of racism to work with they did the responsible thing and only posited what they had data on.

    Finally, the purpose of the study was not to demonstrate racist attitudes, but to find what attitudes.

    This is not to say that I (and probably Carville as well) don't think that the source of all this is racism. When I see quotes from the focus group saying that Obama couldn't have got where he is on his own, I see the implied racism. However that does not undermine the study's conclusions, which are useful both analytically and politically.

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      In my opinion - and that's all I have here, without a PoliSci degree or other analytical background (other than with raw data)...

      the fact that people are terribly poor at self-reporting bias undermines many (but not all) of the conclusions in the study. You start out with bad data from the get-go.

      Reminds me of the story in the NYT this week about mortality and the 1918 pandemic- aspirin was the new "wonder drug" of the time, and was applied to the point of obvious toxicity in many patients. We now have no way of knowing now how many fatalities were caused by the flu vs. bad medicine.

      You can trust the results about as much as finding out what David Brooks' favorite item is on the Applebee's menu...

      salad bar, maybe?

      -5.25, -2.26 "Free your mind, and the rest will follow..."

      by KilljoyTXinMI on Wed Oct 21, 2009 at 02:56:01 AM PDT

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