Even Republicans Love The Pork

Just a quick picture, from a Pew Research poll conducted from July 29 to August 1, of where the Republican party, the Tea Party and Sarah Palin have failed even more than Barack Obama in their messaging:

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 gobbledygook talking points extremism thought being flushed down the toilet.

Jed Lewison provides a little more insight in to how this really is more likely to play out in elections:

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:
  1. Government projects: +39%
  1. Barack Obama: -1%
  1. Candidate is neither Dem nor GOP: -6%
  1. Tea party: -9%
  1. Sarah Palin: -20%
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.

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.
[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 >


CT Fair and Balanced said...

Cut the deficit - but just NIMBY.

Typical political crap-ola.

Connecticut Man1 said...

And therein lies the truth. One man's god ol' fashioned pork barrel politics is another man's evil socialism.

NIMBY all the way.

Connecticut Man1 said...

OOPS! "One man's good ol' fashioned"

Preview is my friend.

libhom said...

I don't see government projects necessarily as pork. Some, like public transportation, are highly valuable to society.

Connecticut Man1 said...

Some people would look at the public transportation stuff and call it pork too.

Very little is actual pork, IMHO.

Like if you look at that new fighter jet the Pentagon said they won't need for decades but it is being built now anyways. And to double down on pork excess, they are paying another contract to develop a second (alternative) engine for the jet that the Pentagon says we will not need for decades.