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August 22, 2010
Are you a member of the political class?
I'm a big fan of pollster Scott Rasmussen but hoped for a clearer definition of what he calls the "political class". Today the Wall Street Journal , in an article about him, reveals the answer to my question:To figure out where people are, he asks three questions: Whose judgment do you trust more: that of the American people or America's political leaders? Has the federal government become its own special interest group? Do government and big business often work together in ways that hurt consumers and investors? Those who identify with the government on two or more questions are defined as the political class.Before the financial crisis of late 2008, about a tenth of Americans fell into the political class, while some 53% were classified as in the mainstream public. The rest fell somewhere in the middle. Now the percentage of people identifying with the political class has clearly declined into single digits, while those in the mainstream public have grown slightly. A...(Read Full Post)