Scoop: The new American “center” is bigger than you think

Editor’s note: I guess we’re “purple” after all (a running theme of this blog) despite what Sheriff Mack thinks.

“An exclusive Esquire-NBC News survey shows us that everything we are told about politics in America today—that there is no middle ground between left and right, blue and red, us and them—is wrong. The data, compiled by the Benenson Strategy Group (pollster for Obama for America ’08 and ’12) and Neil Newhouse of Public Opinion Strategies (lead pollster for Romney for President), show us there is a large group of American voters—even a majority—who make up a New American Center that is passionate, persuadable, and very real. They are merely waiting for Washington to find them.”

The rest of the article is here.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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One Response to Scoop: The new American “center” is bigger than you think

  1. Ben Emery says:

    There is no right and left of center divide in our nation at the moment. There is a Democratic and Republican divide going on. I would strongly argue we have two political parties right of center controlling our government today. One extreme (Republicans) and the other moderate (Democrats).

    The third way was created by the Democrats in the 80′s and really implemented in the 90′s. What we have is a radical center who insist on trying to find middle ground between two parties that fall on the right side of the political aisle landing virtually all legislation securely in the conservative category in a progressive country. Making the masses very unhappy and disillusioned with our government. During 1930- 1970′s it was the other way around the progressive controlled the levers and it was the conservatives that were on the left side of the aisle. Amazingly most people were more likely to believe government worked for their interests.

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