2012 Election Battleground Voter Groups

Monday, April 23, 2012

Voters head to the polls. (J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)

Latinos, non-college educated women, voters under 30. Molly Ball, national politics writer for The Atlantic and Jonathan Bernstein, political scientist who runs A Plain Blog About Politics, explain which demographic groups are being targeted as the general election race heats up.

Comments [14]

I recognize that in many, if not most shows, you focus on campaign tactics and polls and you always want to include both/all sides. However, it would be appropriate to mention that women, especially working and middle income women, have been well-served by the Obama administration (Lillie Ledbetter Act, Affordable Health Care law, improvement in student loans) and the President and the Democrats are fighting now for women. Republicans (endorsed by candidate Romney) are trying to prevent the continuation of the domestic abuse law; they tried and will try again to end support for contraception; and are vowing to repeal Health care and stop support for Planned Parenthood and other programs for women. While honoring Ann Romney Romney believes that poor mothers need to work. There isn't a contest.

Apr. 23 2012 11:06 AM
Calls'em from Here

0bama is going to lose the election because the 18-30 year olds have no tradition of voting and they are disillusioned. This group is unemployed or under-employed and straddled if not strangled by student loans. Young people are not stupid, even if they haven't been taught American history. They see that 0bama has broken every promise that he made in 2008 on war, Gitmo, jobs, the economy, energy, etc. The only unbroken promise is 0bamaCare which is at best very unknown as to how it will play out. All entities studying it project that it will make health care much more expensive for all while drastically reducing services to most. As I listen to the calls, I hear the ignorance that NPR and WNYC have helped to perpetuate by never doing deep objective analysis of the problem. 0bamaCare will be either overturned by the US Sup Ct or repealed and replaced by the coming conservative/Taxed Enough Already Republican Super Majorities in 2013. PS - The 0bamaCare law was written by folks at the Apollo Alliance & Tides Foundations - two far left wing "think" tanks and political action orgs; and not by the insurance companies. Private insurance rates have gone up because of 0bamaCare, and not despite it. Do a little reporting and less propagandizing for the left.

Apr. 23 2012 10:51 AM
The Truth from Becky

Medical bills indeed do cost more than insurance!

Apr. 23 2012 10:31 AM
The Truth from Becky

Brian, you don't have to keep emphasizing "forced"! They get the point and your last two callers just said they would be happy to pay.

Apr. 23 2012 10:30 AM

Ron Paul wants to open health care to alternative competitive providers, treatments, substances, and insurers.
He also wants all health care costs tax deductible.
Licensing, insurance restrictions, the FDA, and the DEA prevent many effective treatments in the US.
Tax codes coerce us all into employer provided health insurance, which is designed to benefit employers, not workers.
Tax codes encourage routine procedures to be paid for through the inefficient and restrictive insurance system, rather than being a hedge against catastrophe.
Ron Paul's solutions would obviate the problems caused by government "solutions" to government-caused problems.

Apr. 23 2012 10:28 AM
john from office

I am a republican and will vote for Obama. The whole dog meat eating thing is indicative of desperation. Obama was a boy at the time.

We will be tied to the roof of the car if we are not careful.

Apr. 23 2012 10:24 AM
Scott from Lower Manhattan

On the topic of the health insurance mandate, one thing is often ignored: there is an implied insurance that they have. Those who are healthy generally have actuarial health costs that are substantially less than community rated premiums. However, everyone is at risk as changing from a status, such as by a severely injurious accident, having a special needs child or development of diabetes, of costing substantially less than community rated premiums to costing more or substantially more. The regulations against health insurers price discriminating between clients guarantees that such an event would not affect you. If you have that type of insurance via government fiat, then the government can require you to pay what you can for it.

Apr. 23 2012 10:18 AM

Young people are still enthusiastic for Ron Paul.
In 2008, some Republican election officials lied to voters and told them that Ron Paul had dropped out of the Primary.
Ron Paul is still in this campaign and has more delegates than the press is reporting.

Apr. 23 2012 10:18 AM

Apr. 23 2012 10:18 AM
khadija from brooklyn

What gives is the following, in my opinion:
Kiddos are laying low. Watch out for EN MASSE Vote.
thank you! (love listening to your program)

Apr. 23 2012 10:10 AM

Maybe you can mention Ron Paul and all the young voters he has attracted.

Apr. 23 2012 10:10 AM
The Truth from Becky

I don't believe in polls, until one crosses my desk/computer screen, I don't give them any validity.

Apr. 23 2012 10:08 AM
James from nyc

O Bum A what a disappointment.

If he only had a heart...

Apr. 23 2012 10:08 AM
gary from queens

When I became a conservative in the late 80s, I realized that conservatives had a governing philosophy I could be proud to accept: Race and religion didn't matter. You can be of any ethnic origin, and you would be accepted into any given conservative social category. You just had to accept the conservative philosophy of small central government.

Whereas Democrats and liberals still play the race card, and even create or exacerbate racial tensions for political gain. That's how they cobble together their coalitions. It's not about a governing philosophy with them. it's just about you supporting my agenda and then I'll support yours----whether it's women, labor, latinos, blacks, muslims, immigrants, etc.

What they all have in common is an alleged victim status----whether they are victims or not. whether there are oppressors or not. We see how liberals quickly and desperately mobilize to create racial firestorms, such as the Duke Lacross rape allegations, or the recent Martin shooting in FL.

Internationally, the Left plays the race card (or shall I use the more polite term, "demographic card") as well. Today, President Nicolas Sarkozy is about to lose the election with the help of 10 percent of unassimilated French Muslims

Why are liberals so obsessed over race? We have very wealthy black celebrities, and a black President. The public has philosophically rejected racism. Not totally, but then what society has achieved perfection?

Apr. 23 2012 09:48 AM

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