June 13, 2006

SHHHHH...ONE MORE TOE AND THEY'LL HAVE SHOT OFF THE WHOLE FOOT:

Democrats Make Wal-Mart an Issue at Their Peril (Thomas Riehle, 6/13/06, Real Clear Politics)

Democratic candidates hoping to gain politically by attacking Wal-Mart in this election cycle might want to rethink their strategy. In fact, results from a recent RT Strategies poll indicate such a campaign strategy would be counterproductive. By a 3-to-1 margin, 62% disapprove and only 21% approve of "Democratic candidates making Wal-Mart an issue in November's elections," in the RT Strategies poll conducted June 1-5 with a representative sample of 1,209 adults nationwide. The margin of error is + 2.7.

Almost half of each of the key Democratic subgroups disapprove of this type of anti-Wal-Mart campaign, including 49% of Democrats, 48% of non-whites, 51% of union households (!) , 51% of those who want Democrats to win control of Congress in 2006, and even 50% of 2004 Kerry voters all disapprove.

RT Strategies oversampled African-Americans and Hispanics in order to be sure we had enough adults from these base Democratic groups to draw statistically sound inferences about their reaction to a Democratic candidate who made Wal-Mart the issue in the campaign. On that basis alone, 29% of African-Americans and 30% of Hispanics would vote against that Democratic candidate.


If they weren't running with the 30% end of an issue the Democrats would feel lost.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 13, 2006 4:27 PM
Comments

Wal-Mart is a local issue only. Some communities welcome them, others don't.

This is not something with which to build a winning coalition which is the Democrats major problem.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at June 13, 2006 4:42 PM

I would think twice about alienating the largest employer in the USA - and their voting employees!

Posted by: obc at June 13, 2006 5:16 PM

A nice proof that corporations don't exist, all there is is people. The Dems think that they're attacking a big bad international corporation that no one can love. What they're really doing is taking direct aim at voters' pocketbooks.

Posted by: David Cohen at June 13, 2006 5:56 PM

If the leaders of the Democrat party weren't Rovian agents provocateur, they wouod accuse the peole who came up with this idea of being Rovian agents provocateur.

Posted by: Lou Gots at June 13, 2006 7:48 PM

If this isn't proof positive that the left is made up of trust fund elites who've never been inside a Walmart's, I don't know what could.

Posted by: erp at June 14, 2006 9:24 AM
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