The right is definitely spending more per staffer, but the left is spending a lot more on staff altogether–a key difference. And the focus on building a massive army appears to have been the right one.
Politics. Policy. Polling. Pop Culture.
We researchers and pundits lump 18-year-olds and 29-year-olds into the same bucket when we talk about the “youth vote,” but the truth is that the back end of the “Millennial” generation has little memory of “hope and change” at all.
Influential pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson’s book, about how new ideas and social trends are recasting the political landscape, how both parties must understand and communicate with emerging groups of voters like Millennials, and why they are essential to the future of the GOP, to Adam Bellow at Broadside, for publication in 2015, by The Schisgal Agency (World).
It’s important to keep in mind that a “skewed” poll implies you’ve sampled the wrong people or asked a question in a leading fashion. The public polls that missed just how close Ken Cuccinelli was in the Virginia gubernatorial race did neither of those things. (They also got the other two statewide races pretty much on the money.)
They did, however, misjudge how independent voters might break. I think that the third-party candidate, Libertarian Rob Sarvis, may have had a little something to do with it. My latest post at Huffington Post Pollster is here to explain.