'What Happened to Hope and Change?'

Sep 17, 2010, 17:24 ET from Project Vote

New Poll of the 2008 Electorate Shows Sharp Differences Between Voting Groups In Attitudes Towards Government and Public Spending

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by Project Vote:

What:  On the eve of the 2010 mid-term election, Project Vote will release a new poll on the attitudes of Americans towards government, government spending, and the budget. The poll of 1,947 randomly selected Americans is unique in that it not only surveys the historic 2008 electorate, but also includes special samples of black voters, low-income voters, and youth voters, and compares these groups to self-identified "Tea Party" sympathizers.

Call-In Information: 1-800-311-9403, Passcode: VOTE (#8683)

When:  TUESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

Who:  Michael Slater, Executive Director, Project Vote

Lori Minnite, Director of Research, Project Vote

Frances Fox Piven, Professor of Political Science and Sociology, City University of New York

Christina M. Greer, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Fordham University

Additional Info:

The 2008 election was important not just because voters elected the first African American president, but because participation by low-income voters, voters of color, and young voters greatly increased. Yet two years later, the opinions and values of these populations have been drowned out by the demands of more affluent, older, and mostly white Americans who have organized under the "Tea Party" banner.

Project Vote's analysis reveals that black voters, low-income voters, and young voters share similar views about the role of government, federal spending priorities, and the budget deficit, and are more like the 2008 electorate at-large in their views than the Tea Party.  Moreover, these rising electoral groups were a larger segment of 2008 electorate.

Project Vote's poll report, "What Happened to Hope and Change?", provides strong evidence that there is another electorate than the one represented by the Tea Party. While turnout in November will most certainly be lower than it was in 2008, it will be comprised primarily of voters who cast ballots two years ago.  It is an open question whether the 2010 electorate will show the diversity of the 2008 electorate or if it will repeat the common mid-term pattern of skewing toward white, older, affluent Americans, which are the populations most closely associated with the Tea Party.

"What Happened to Hope and Change?" A Poll of 2008 Voters will be officially released September 21 at 12:01 AM. Embargoed versions of the report are available upon request.

SOURCE Project Vote