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  •  Re: the first chart (2+ / 0-)
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    happymisanthropy, SoCalSal

    I am confused as to why the party identification is so overwhelmingly strong for the republicans that they can identify as such in the face of their own party's outright hatred of their positions (gay marriage, universal healthcare, abortion).

    Is it simply cognitive dissonance?

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    by wretchedhive on Sun Jul 17, 2011 at 07:18:40 PM PDT

    •  Figures do not add up (0+ / 0-)

      The figures on each issue add up to far more than 100 %.

      •  You are Misreading The Chart (2+ / 0-)
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        Odysseus, scott5js

        I was confused at first but then I figured out it is the percentage of voters for each position. So it is 59% of all people who call themselves Strong Democrats support abortion, while 63% of all people who say they Lean Democratic support it. The charts above don't show what percentage of people fall into each self-identifying category.

        To me this data shows that people who lean Democrat, are more likely to be people who are Progressive then Democrats but have no place better to go then people who are just to the left of Center. In a similar vein those who say they lean Republican are likely ultra-Conservative, not just Right of Center, but the Republican Party is the best they can do.

        For years the Media has misread the electorate, and I suspect it was intentional.

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