Americans love pork. Even the GOP voters.
The sound you just heard in the back of your mind was an entire line of right wing
[update] Jed Lewison provides a little more insight in to how this really is more likely to play out in elections:
[update deux] And, yes, no doubt that Pork has more political pull across the spectrum than Sarah Palin does. But none of this should come as a surprise given that we already knew that Socialism is as popular as the Tea Party. < smirk >
Sorry, tea party: Voters prefer government project
If you look at the net impact of each hypothetical on a liklihood of support (in other words, subtracting the less likely number from the more likely number), you get, in order:
- Government projects: +39%
- Barack Obama: -1%
- Candidate is neither Dem nor GOP: -6%
- Tea party: -9%
So it turns out that the tea party's austerity message is a lead balloon for the GOP. Instead, voters want somebody representing them who will deliver the goods for their district. Even among Republicans, voters are just as likely to support a candidate who delivers government projects and money to their district as one who has the backing of the tea party.
- Sarah Palin: -20%
Moreover, it turns out the election really isn't about any one national figure, but if it were, it would be Sarah Palin that was a detriment -- not President Obama.