Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Stop Looking at the National Polls – It’s All Local

Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post has a piece on the likely “narrow” Electoral College path Mitt Romney will most likely follow in his White House pursuit.  But: it is important to remember that all politics is local. This is a key lesson when reading stories like this and all the future stories about daily tracking numbers, Obama’s approval ratings, or even the unemployment rate.
While many voters focus on the macro-level picture of the national economy, many others are concerned with politics and economics that are intensely local.  To many, the state of a person’s neighborhood is as important as what cable news is saying about it. This is why I prefer looking at state-level polling numbers like those found at Politico.
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