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Walker poll: Younger likely Wis voters support the unions, and Senate Democrats

From Talkingpointsmemo.com -- and note that this is a Rasmussen poll; Rasmussen as a polling group is notorious for skewing Republican. Bottom line: More confirmation that likely voters in Wisconsin support the unions, not Walker, and -- bonus -- support the absent state Senate Democrats, too. That's especially true of younger adults, which is a new trend. Talkingpoints provides this:

Rasmussen is out with a new poll that is frankly just devastating for Gov. Walker. Just devastating. We'll have a full write up momentarily. But the thing that stuck out to me was the age distribution. We've all gotten used to polls in recent years that show Democrats with their strongest support among younger voters and Republicans with their best numbers among older voters. But I think most of us sort of implicitly figure this is significantly tied to what we call social issues -- gay rights, sexual politics, racial politics, etc. Not exclusively but that's where the young / old division in our politics is.

But when you look at this poll the pro-union / anti-union division turns heavily on age too. The younger votes have a far more progressive views on public employees, unions, collective bargaining and so on. That's not great news in general for Republicans. But for those of us with somewhat longer political memories this is actually pretty different from the way things used to be in the '80s and '90s. Back then it was older voters who tended to have more Democratic views on bread and butter economic issues. And it was younger voters who had more libertarian inclinations.


March 3, 2011 - 8:32pm