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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-05-09 11:04 AM
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10. Another perspective on California voter attitude shifts from Dan Walters
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...The Field Research Corp., the state's oldest polling organization, charts that change and the even greater change in the larger population in its latest examination of the state's electorate, surveying thousands of Californians about who they are and how they orient themselves politically and confirming the previous anecdotal observations.

The Field Poll contrasts 1978 a watershed year in which the landmark property tax limit, Proposition 13, was passed with 2009. Among its findings:

California's white non-Latino population has dipped 26.1 percent over the last 31 years, but the proportion of white voters has dropped by just 18 percent, meaning the ethnic gap between voters and nonvoters has actually increased.

The share of the electorate held by the two major parties, more than 90 percent in 1978, has dropped to under 76 percent as the ranks of independents have swelled from less than 8 percent to 20 percent, with most of that shift coming at the expense of Democrats....

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  - And yet...  WillBowden   Aug-05-09 09:40 AM   #1 
  - I believe the Prop 8 pudding was poisoned by last-minute BS ad campaign  DesertDiamond   Aug-05-09 09:59 AM   #4 
  - We don't have Diebold machines.  ronnykmarshall   Aug-05-09 10:25 AM   #7 
  - Generally voters are more conservative as a group than are adults at large.  David__77   Aug-05-09 10:48 AM   #8 
  - Propositions are passed or defeated by those who actually turn out to vote.  elocs   Aug-05-09 11:14 AM   #11 
  - It passed because the people running the campaign opposing it were incompetent.  Ian David   Aug-06-09 06:49 AM   #14 
  - I think this proves something. Republicans don't evolve! They just stay the same.  sinkingfeeling   Aug-05-09 09:44 AM   #2 
  - I think this poll provides proof for the theory of de-evolution....n/t  joeybee12   Aug-05-09 09:55 AM   #3 
  - That's exactly the conclusion that I came to. Sickening, isn't it?  Doremus   Aug-05-09 09:59 AM   #5 
  - Or they leave the party  DavidDvorkin   Aug-05-09 10:01 AM   #6 
     - All the regressive Dems became Reagan Republicans....  rfranklin   Aug-05-09 10:59 AM   #9 
  - Another perspective on California voter attitude shifts from Dan Walters  slackmaster   Aug-05-09 11:04 AM   #10 
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  - Against same-sex marriage? Don't have one! n/t  BadgerKid   Aug-05-09 01:37 PM   #13 

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