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December 21, 2013 / needhamgrassroots

Liberal Economic Policy? It’s popular.

this guyFrom Washington Monthly — Your typical elite pundit, wanting to baldly equate his own views with those of the people, … just lays forth with the “most voters” this and “most voters” that, with nary so much as a gesture at some sort of evidence as to voters’ actual beliefs.

if you look at some polls, [however,] the “populist” agenda [these pundits] give the side-eye is very popular:

The new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds that a sizable majority of Americans, 57 percent, believes that “the federal government should pursue policies that try to reduce the gap between wealthy and less well-off Americans.” Only 37 percent oppose.American support raising the minimum wage 76-22. They support increasing taxes on the rich 60-37. The banking industry’s favorability ratings sit at -28. Cutting Social Security is tremendously unpopular. Does that look like “most voters” to you?

Crook is right, however, to say that populists have trouble winning elections. If I had to guess, I’d chalk that up to collective action problems and pervasive voter alienation, coupled to a quiet conspiracy among the elite to brand popular liberal ideas as unrealistic to prevent them from being seriously considered. But that’s just me.



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