Thursday, April 12, 2012

Obamacare - #3804 - Majority of Dems Want all or Part of Obamacare Tossed - American Thinker (2) New York Magazine: Conservatives Are Thinkers, Liberals Feelers - Bearing Drift

A majority of Democrats in a new IBD poll want to see either the individual mandate or the entire Affordable Care Act scrapped: And polls continue to show it has little popular support either. For example, a poll just conducted for IBD by TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence found that only 22% said they wanted the justices to uphold the entire law, while 37% said strike down the whole thing and 30% said to strike down only the law's individual mandate to buy health insurance. Another 10% were unsure. Strikingly, the same poll found that while 39% of Democrats wanted the law upheld, 38% wanted the mandate struck down and another 12% wanted the whole thing thrown out. In other words, 50% want part or all of the law tossed. Even taking into account that some of those may be liberals who dislike ObamaCare because it isn't more expansive, it's a striking rejection of the president's main accomplishment by his own party. Read more.......

New York Magazine: Conservatives are Thinkers, Liberals Feelers - Bearing Drift - So the next time you hear the tripe about liberals being the intelligentsia while conservatives are knuckle-dragging neanderthals, mention Al Franken’s 2010 theft of the Minnesota election:  His race against incumbent Minnesota senator Norm Coleman was a stubborn one: Even after some of the country’s highest ever per capita spending, the contest remained close, with a small number of undecided, seemingly unbudgeable voters.  The job of pollsters in these situations is to figure out who the undecided actually are and what could make them move. Often, they focus on demographics (playing to older suburban women) or issues (talk of school reform). But one pollster working for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Mark Mellman, felt it might pay to look for more primal distinctions.  Mellman added to his Minnesota polls a battery of questions inspired by research in psychology and neuroscience, borrowed from personality tests and designed to separate those with more rational processing systems from those who relied on emotion in their decision-making. Here polls did discern a latent split: Franken led Coleman by one point among those they identified as “feelers” but lagged by seven points among “thinkers.” The committee changed its ad strategy in response. Highly stylized television spots, like a movie spoof that showed Coleman as a fugitive fleeing George W. Bush, were replaced by messages that were “a little more flat, a little more factual, a little more sourced,” Mellman said. One defended Franken against Coleman’s charges with a calm narrator reading off a checklist of straightforward rebuttals under the words “The Truth.” Franken won, after a long recount, and in 2010 Mellman used the same battery of questions to shape media strategy for Harry Reid and Barbara Boxer.  In short, conservatives prefer rationalized debate. Liberals prefer emotive and rhetoric.  Read more........

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