October 9, 2013
The conservative shift in public opinion has happened in all 50 states (Peter Enns, 10/09/13, Washington Post)
Posted by Orrin Judd at October 9, 2013 7:04 PMRecently on this blog, Larry Bartels drew attention to an astonishing fact: the public is as conservative as it has been in 50 years. To highlight this point, Professor Bartels presented the public's policy mood -- James Stimson's measure of public support for government programs--from 1950 to 2012. In a recent article, Julianna Koch and I generated measures of policy mood for each state from the 1950s to 2010 (our measures our here). What we found is that the conservative opinion shift Professor Bartels highlighted repeats itself in every state.