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Populist vs. Political – The New Class System

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posted on Mar, 31 2009 @ 09:53 AM
Rasmussen Reports, a reputable and popular public opinion polling outfit, has begun measuring views of the Political Class and Mainstream America. This indicates, at least to me, that there is more and more recognition that the divide between the electors and the elected is becoming an issue. More and more Americans – not democrats, republicans, or independents – are voicing their concerns and are recognizing the fact that both democrat AND republican politicians are not representing our (the people’s) best interests.

It is an interesting view of things and one that I would like to see continued. It is a window into the American public’s perception of Congress and the President.

In order to determine if one is a populist or part of the Political Class, they ask the following three questions and then score them:

-- Generally speaking, when it comes to important national issues, whose judgment do you trust more - the American people or America’s political leaders?

-- Some people believe that the federal government has become a special interest group that looks out primarily for its own interests. Has the federal government become a special interest group?

-- Do government and big business often work together in ways that hurt consumers and investors?

To create a scale, each response earns a plus 1 for the populist answer, a minus 1 for the political class answer, and a 0 for not sure.

Those who score 2 or higher are considered a populist or part of the Mainstream. Those who score -2 or lower, are considered to be aligned with the Political Class. Those who score +1 or -1 are considered leaners in one direction or the other.

They plan on releasing data from time to time showing the gap between the two classes. The following is from the first measurement. The last paragraph shows an astounding divide between the two.

Preliminary results indicate that 55% of Americans can be classified on the populist or Mainstream side of the divide. Only seven percent (7%) side with the Political Class. When leaners are included, 75% lean in the Mainstream direction and 14% lean the other way.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of those on the populist side of the debate are Republicans, 36% are Democrats, and 27% are not affiliated with either major party.

Twenty-two percent (22%) of government employees are aligned with the Political Class along with just four percent (4%) of private sector workers.

The biggest surprise so far is that a plurality of the Political Class believes the economy is getting better while 66% of those in the Mainstream say it’s getting worse.

posted on Apr, 1 2009 @ 05:20 AM
Where do you fall in the scale?


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