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Report Suggests Democrats Are Losing ‘Normal’ Voters of All Races

Report Suggests Democrats Are Losing ‘Normal’ Voters of All Races

“when asked which party had cultural values closer to theirs, they cited Republicans”

After Virginia, it has become apparent that ‘normal’ people are abandoning the Democrats, and it’s not just white people. Democrats have a real problem here.

The Intercept reports:

It’s Not Just White People: Democrats Are Losing Normal Voters of All Races

Last Monday, a Democratic firm hosted focus groups with women in Virginia who voted in 2017 for Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, in 2020 for Democratic President Joe Biden, and then this month for Republican Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin. It was centered on suburban women: a group that pivoted significantly to the right in the governor’s election.

Consultant Danny Barefoot said that Anvil Strategies called roughly 30,000 people in Virginia. Most didn’t answer, but several hundred of them fit the criteria he was looking for: people who voted Democrat, Democrat, Republican in the last three elections. Those people were called back and offered a $100 gift card if they’d do a lunch-hour Zoom and talk about why they voted the way they did. Ninety-six women, a fifth of whom were not white, were broken into three different sessions. Barefoot sat in on one of them and got permission from the funders to share quotes and results.

Focus groups are put together differently than surveys, which weigh the responses to reflect the population at large. While 96 respondents isn’t enough for a robust polling sample, it’s a chance to dig deeper into the views of a slice of the electorate. Virginia is about two-thirds white, and this sample was 79 percent white — so slightly whiter than the state at large but not by a ton. Eleven percent of them were Black women, 6 percent Latina, and 4 percent Asian American. They came from around the state. Barefoot said he didn’t ask about college education, because what he was interested in was people who lived in the suburbs regardless of race or educational background.

What Barefoot found is that while the women agreed with Democrats on policy, they just didn’t connect with them. When asked which party had better policy proposals, the group members overwhelmingly said Democrats. But when asked which party had cultural values closer to theirs, they cited Republicans.

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The Friendly Grizzly | November 18, 2021 at 8:38 am

Generally, I find normal to be boring. But, in the case of voter values, I was boring as everybody else!

Wouldn’t it be a kick in the ass for Democrats to find they just got done importing ten million new Republican voters over the southern border.

I wonder what Democrat policies these folks support? Cultural differences are easy to measure and recognize. But a lot of policies are cluttered up with so much political noise and false propaganda, I wonder if the average voter has any clue what those policies will actually do in the real world. Especially policies with respect to free market economics, for which the American public in general seems to be wholly illiterate. Likewise, many other critical policies such as immigration, crime, freedom of speech, etc. I can’t think of a single major Democrat policy that doesn’t completely suck In ways that would bother you if you had even remotely traditional cultural values. I wish I could hear more detail. The results of this focus group sound internally inconsistent.

    henrybowman in reply to Rand. | November 18, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Yeah. The description (economically Democrat, socially Republican) is the “RINO” region on the Nolan chart. I think.

    RandomCrank in reply to Rand. | November 19, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    As a long-term Dem turned independent, I am stunned by the Democratic Party’s abandonment of the working middle class. I could go on and on about the causes, but at some point: res ipsa loquitur, the thing speaks for itself. My eyes are now focused on that second boondoggle. If it goes through with a single R vote, I might never vote again.

      Quite Confused in reply to RandomCrank. | November 20, 2021 at 2:12 pm

      Voting is what made sleepy joe the most voted for potus in history in a whatever it was in which the opposing candidate also broke the previous record for votes a total at or exceeding in number the total number of eligible voters in an election that is somehow unauditable which means the reason for which elections are purposed, namely the creation of a record of the voting for availability of later review and audit (if it were about voting We could just form caucuses, call for a show of hands and report up the totals) Failing to provide access to the voting record for audits on a wide scale shows a failed election across that scale and that along with a plethora of problems like anomalies, statistical impossiblities and violations means the most secure election in u.s. history following muh Russian collusion that wasn’t wasn’t an election and by allowing this to go forward it’s essentially retarded to expect We’ll get another election in the future and if voting mattered anyway it’d be illegal
      https://youtu.be/5tu32CCA_Ig

          Quite Confused in reply to Quite Confused. | November 20, 2021 at 2:21 pm

          We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security

And looking at Pelosi makes my skin crawl.

CuriousJustice | November 20, 2021 at 4:14 am

The issue seems to be on economic policy, that’s what’s hanging them up from registering as Republicans. Democrat economics is insane, but Republicans don’t do a good job explaining economics, mostly because the politicians don’t truly understand it themselves.

There is not enough emphasis that standard of living corresponds directly with the abundance of goods and services and that free market economics is how to increase productivity. There is also ineffective argument on Democrats’ tax proposal. Republican politicians fail to emphasize the distinction between taxing consumption and investment. Taxing investment not only reduces productivity, but it just transfers consumption from everyone to the ones receiving the government spending.

While this is wonderful news the bad news is that we still need to secure the deal and here is what stands in the way

We need to address that the traditional Republican prescription (lower the federal tax rate, jack up military spending and cut social programs) is not a popular prescription and with an already low federal tax (unlike what it was under Raegan) rate and no Soviet Union (what are we expanding the military for is an alien invasion coming shortly?) makes no sense.

There are areas we do offer something more attractive on the economy (i.e. anti-inflation, pro-fracking for example) but we need to get rid of the grand vision.

    AzureRaptor in reply to Danny. | November 25, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    I think the voters need to be made aware of these three simple things:

    1) As far as military spending goes, this country _absolutely_ needs to stay strong enough that China will only talk the talk, and not be stupid enough to try to walk the walk. They’re getting closer every day. I shouldn’t need to do anyone’s homework for them, but if you need examples, consider that not a single _day_ goes by that China try to threaten or undermine Taiwan’s sovereignty. They’ve _already_ taken away Taiwan’s UN seat due to the rest of the world’s impotent cowardice. That’s on us too. And if this, and a _thousand_ other instances of China bullying its neighbors aren’t enough, know this: _far too many_ electronics are _already_ manufactured solely in China – both finished products, and especially low-level components. If you don’t understand why this is a problem, look up Huawei. Even the incredibly left-slanted Wikipedia article should give any thinking person pause. And this is _typical_ behavior for chinese tech firms. They function as state espionage and/or propaganda organs when they’re not selling the cheapest, shoddiest, most fraudulent products they can get away with.

    And this doesn’t even address the (state-condoned and often _-sponsored_) culture of rampant intellectual property theft in China. But it does segue nicely into:

    2) Lowering federal tax rates _AND_ setting up tax structures to _heavily reward_ investment in _AMERICAN_ manufacturing is how we defeat this problem. Innovation in aerospace, computers, and a thousand other things began in this country. Innovation _still_ happens here, but is all too often outright stolen by chinese industrial espionage, or at least blatantly copied before we can market it. And we manufacture a pitiful fraction of the consumer and industrial products that we use domestically. If that doesn’t trouble you enough, remember that this – at least in terms of industrial espionage – also applies to _military_ technology.

    3) Look up the “Belt and Road Initiative.” Look up the “Nine-dash line.” Again, even the left-slanting Wikipedia articles should give any thinking American pause. China is driving hell for leather towards an economic _stranglehold_ over as large a portion of the globe as they can get their hands on. This isn’t about “growth”, it isn’t about “sustainability”, and it sure as hell isn’t about “just getting their fair share.” They’ve had that and then some for decades. No, these initiatives, and others like them, are about _dominance._ It’s about political “leadership” (read: bullying and puppetry of both their neighbors and any other country they can sucker into “infrastructure investment” and debt slavery.) And, again, I shouldn’t have to explain to any thinking person why this spells a very grim future, both economically and otherwise, for the US.

    If these three points aren’t enough to get a functional adult American to realize we are in the _thick_ of a new Cold War, and we better wake up, smell the coffee, and invest in our future and counter the moves of our competitors/enemies, I don’t know what would be.

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