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Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Strange but true: Dems don't care about terrorism

According to new poll, '04 Election may be about whether to keep fighting terrorism . . . or not
Some months ago, I heard enthusiasm about candidate Kucinich, so I checked his website and I remember thinking how odd it was that the threat of terrorism didn't make it onto his list of top ten issues. I guess it wasn't all that odd, after all, but rather part of the pattern for Democrats.

I can't imagine that this is even possible after 9/11, but read this piece by Byron York, writing for The Hill, and continue via the link at the end of the excerpt. It blows my mind.
There is some stunning — and so far unreported — news in a new poll conducted by Democratic strategist Stanley Greenberg.

The survey — sponsored by Democracy Corps, the group founded by Greenberg, James Carville and Robert Shrum — focused on Democrats who take part in the nominating process in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

What Democracy Corps found was that Democrats, at least those who are most active in politics, simply don’t care about terrorism.

Just don’t care.

In one question, pollsters read a list of a dozen topics — education, taxes, big government, the environment, Social Security and Medicare, crime and illegal drugs, moral values, healthcare, the economy and jobs, fighting terrorism, homeland security, and the situation in Iraq — and asked, “Which concern worries you the most?”

In Iowa, 1 percent of those polled — 1 percent! — said they worried about fighting terrorism. It was dead last on the list.

Two percent said they worried about homeland security — next to last.

In New Hampshire, 2 percent worried about fighting terrorism and 2 percent worried about homeland security.

In South Carolina — somewhat surprising because of its military heritage — the results were the same.

Democrats in each state were then given the same list of topics and asked to name their second-most concern. Fighting terrorism and homeland security still placed near the bottom of the list.

Then pollsters read two statements and asked respondents to react:
1. “America’s security depends on building strong ties with other nations.”
2. “Bottom line, America’s security depends on its own military strength.”

In Iowa, 76 percent of those polled said they agreed with the first statement. Just 18 percent favored the second.

In New Hampshire, 77 percent favored the first and 17 percent the second.

In South Carolina, 56 percent favored the first statement and 33 percent the second.

Continue reading: "On Iraq, the party faithful’s feelings are complicated, if not schizophrenic."