I really find this series of polls that Rasmussen has been coming out with lately, comparing the views of regular people with the views of inside the beltway types… what they call the “Political Class”. Even this cynic has been repeatedly surprised at how stark the differences between how this Political Class and the rest of us view the world. It helps explain an awful lot.
The money quote:
A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 67% of Political Class voters believe the United States is generally heading in the right direction. However, things look a lot different to Mainstream Americans. Among these voters, 84% say the country has gotten off on the wrong track.
Twenty-four percent (24%) of Mainstream voters consider fiscal policy issues such as taxes and government spending to be the most important issue facing the nation today. Just two percent (2%) of Political Class voters agree.
If you’re a polling data junkie, like I am, I’d recommend taking a look at the rest of the article, and clicking through to earlier polls showing comparisons to the Political Class and regular people on other issues. Interesting stuff.