(h/t to PaRep)
A new poll was released today by ATI-News/Zogby that looks into the question of whether or not the electorate is interested in “redistributing the wealth”. CNBC reports on this poll here. The last time this question was asked was back in June when Gallup touched on question and found the following:
PRINCETON, NJ — When given a choice about how government should address the numerous economic difficulties facing today’s consumer, Americans overwhelmingly — by 84% to 13% — prefer that the government focus on improving overall economic conditions and the jobs situation in the United States as opposed to taking steps to distribute wealth more evenly among Americans. Americans’ lack of support for redistributing wealth to fix the economy spans political parties: Republicans (by 90% to 9%) prefer that the government focus on improving the economy, as do independents (by 85% to 13%) and Democrats (by 77% to 19%).
Of course this poll is from June, before the financial crisis became part of the national dialog. So how does sentiment affect the mood of the voters now? As it turns out, “Wealth distribution” isn’t a political winner:
ATI-News/Zogby asked likely voters: “John McCain and other critics say Barack Obama is heavily influenced by people and organizations which seek social justice through redistribution of wealth in America. Do you agree or disagree with efforts to bring social justice by the redistribution of wealth?” By a more than two-to-one margin, undecided voters disagree with such efforts to redistribute wealth. In total, 57 percent of undecided voters said they disagreed, while only 24 percent said they agreed (19 percent are not sure). A majority (52 percent) of self-identified Independent voters also disagree with efforts to bring social justice through wealth redistribution. Only 39 percent of Independents agree (10 percent are not sure).
Note that this poll is looking specifically at the voting blocks that both campaigns think they need to win, Undecideds and Independents. The continued emphasis on “Joe the Plumber” by McCain is a fertile opportunity for his campaign.