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Teixeira: Public to Democrats – ‘Here’s What We Want!’

The following article by Ruy Teixeira, author of The Optimistic Leftist and other works of political analysis, is cross-posted from his blog:

The public is trying to tell the Democrats how to beat Trump! The latest messages are contained in the new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. The poll asked about support for a series of proposals that have been advanced by various political actors. The graphic below helpfully compares the views of Democratic primary voter with those of all registered voters.

How Voters Agree and Disagree with Democratic Policy

Here’s the deal: if Democratic primary voters support a given proposal but the general electorate does not, that’s probably a proposal to shy away from. Really, the public is trying to help the Democrats out here! Note particularly, the very high support among all voters for allowing universal access to Medicare and the poor ratings for banning fracking, eliminating Obamacare, Medicare for All that eliminates private insurance and, at the very bottom, providing government health care to undocumented immigrants.

Let’s not make this beating Trump business harder than it has to be.

2 comments on “Teixeira: Public to Democrats – ‘Here’s What We Want!’

  1. Martin Lawford on

    Is there somewhere I can read the wording of the questions in this poll? For example, half of the registered voters and four out of five of the Democratic primary voters approve of shifting to 100% renewable energy by 2030. What I would like to know is whether the question included the expense of this. Is the wording of the questions in this survey available anywhere?

  2. Victor on

    Warren is doing a pretty good job of keeping options open while not alienating the progressive base.

    Swing Democrats are barely paying attention, much less the general electorate.

    There is a time and place for everything.

    As a progressive I share the concern of not boxing yourself into a corner too much in order to be able to win the general.

    But the primaries can be used to remobilize all the people disappointed by the issues Obama didn’t fully address.

    I hope she turns addresses kitchen issues more (specially wages). For Hispanics like me there needs to be a balance between the talk of corruption and how exactly will that improve quality of life.


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