NATIONALLY SYNDICATED COLUMNIST HIGHLIGHTS OUR RESEARCH
Market Research Foundation (MRF) has received a nod from nationally syndicated columnist George Will. In assessing the 2016 presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, the Pulitzer Prize winner referenced our work in discussing Cruz’s efforts to “substantially reconfigure the electorate.”
“Cruz’s plan for winning the necessary 1,236 convention delegates is an extrapolation from his strategy for winning 270 electoral votes,” Will wrote in his latest column.
Part of Cruz’s reconfiguring and extrapolating? Targeting nonvoting whites – especially those without college experience. These are the Americans who sat on their hands in 2012, thus denying Mitt Romney the presidency. They are also the ones warming to the ascendency of current GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, who is credited by Will with “energizing people whose alienation from politics has made them nonvoters.”
Should he become the GOP nominee, can Cruz successfully identify and turn out these alienated voters? Or as Will puts it, can he “leaven the electorate with people who, disappointed by economic stagnation and discouraging cultural trends for which Republican nominees seemed to have no answers, have been dormant during recent cycles.”
That’s a good question – although as we have repeatedly noted, much fertile ground is to be gained via precisely such a strategy.
Citing MRF’s research, Will notes “whites without college experience include disproportionate numbers of nonvoters.” He then delves into efforts by Cruz’s data scientists to locate these voters and prepare “a package of three- or four-issue appeals” aimed at moving them from dormant to the polls.
It’s a fascinating column highlighting the nuts and bolts of a modern turnout operation – not to mention a broader ideological evolution that deserves heightened scrutiny as the 2016 primary is now in full swing.
To read Will’s column in its entirety, click here …