These poll results have warmed the iced over frozen cackles of the snarky, sarcasticky, profaney heart of this old curmudgeon. If in yesterday’s post, I was lamenting the loss of true understanding of democracy in our deep culture, today I am celebrating the addition of old white guy power abuse to our deep culture.
This here Vox article, New Poll Shows Major Shift in how American’s Think about Power, is about survey results released by a private research organization, PerryUndem, concerning the views of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters. They have found a trend that suggests there is a greater understanding and appreciation of the who has power in American politics and who is being controlled by the wielding of that power.
Since 2016 there has been a growing awareness of the concentration of power in white men — I don’t know where most of America has been, but that shit’s been obvious to the rest of us for a long long time — and that they are willing to use it to control anyone who doesn’t agree with them. It seems like there were two galvanizing events driving this consolidation: (1) The election of the Ol’ Pussy Grabber despite the dramatic confession that he grabbed women by the pussy and because he’s a rich old white fart could get away with it and (2) the confirmation of Boof-K the SCOTUS justice that keeps on judicial misconducting.
When asked whether they agreed with the statement, one reason Justice Kavanaugh was confirmed is because white men want to hold onto their power in government, or not, the responses broke down like this:
- 79% of Democratic women agreed
- 71% of Democratic men agreed
- 52% of independent women agreed
- 49% of independent men agreed
- 15% of Republicans agreed
We all know how Ye Olde Blogge feels about iNdEpEnDeNt voters, but these folks are bringing it home with people in the focus group voicing concerns that they’re losing their rights, they’re losing their freedom, they’re losing their control, according to Undem.
The thing that makes this a powerful counter-point to yesterday’s post is that folks are voting with these ideas in mind! Their concerns are not only motivating them to go to the polls and vote for candidates that will move power away from oppressive old white men and towards PoC and women, but also motivating women and PoC to run for office.
Clearly, Repube polling has also picked up on this trend and is the reason that they are doubling down on their voter suppression efforts and use of Russian disinformation.
We really are in a fight for our democracy. At the very least, people are are aware and are voting because of it.
New poll shows major shift in how Americans think about men in power
Trump, Kavanaugh, and #MeToo have changed Americans’ attitudes toward power and control. It could have an effect in 2020.
Anna North 27 September 2019
Three years ago, Americans heard Donald Trump on tape talking about grabbing women “by the pussy.” Two years ago, they learned of the many sexual harassment allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein, which helped kick off the #MeToo movement’s current, most public phase. One year ago, they saw Justice Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court after Christine Blasey Ford testified that he had sexually assaulted her.
None of this makes headlines as much as it once did, superseded by news like a recent impeachment inquiry into President Trump. But Americans haven’t forgotten.
On the contrary, new polling suggests that the events of the last few years, including the election of Trump, the #MeToo movement, and the Kavanaugh hearings, have helped lead to a fundamental shift in the way many Americans view their government.
Continue reading at Vox Trump, Kavanaugh, and #MeToo changed how Americans think about power – Vox
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