Study: Americans Economically Isolated

BIG GOVERNMENT, BIG BUSINESS BOTH BLAMED BY VOTERS

Americans are feeling economically isolated as their hard work continues to produce “diminishing returns” – and they’re looking for someone to blame, a new study from Norman Analytics and Research reveals.  Big government and big business?  They’re as inviting targets as any.

Decades of left-leaning messaging has internalized the belief that businesses exist not to create profits, but to “help society.”  And self-identified Democrats (64 percent), 2012 Barack Obama voters (64 percent) and blacks (63 percent) affirm the latter belief – leading to a narrow majority among all Americans (52 percent).

“This lack of faith in America’s traditional economic system comes after years of flat or even negative wage growth and increasing costs of living,” the report’s authors conclude.

According to the report, one quarter of our country “sees big business and big government both as the enemies and feels like neither group cares about them.”  These economically isolated Americans – who have grown increasingly frustrated with their financial situation – still believe in the importance of achieving success through hard work, but “that could change if they continue to see diminishing returns.”

What does all this mean for political messengers?  It’s an opportunity to forge an entirely new coalition – assuming the right balance is struck.

“It is possible to tap into the anti-big business sentiment without being economically liberal,” the pollsters found.  “Messages against crony capitalism will be especially effective with Independents and Republicans in the economically isolated group.”

Specifically, the study’s authors concluded that candidates who can clearly articulate how their plan for less government “will lead to less favoritism of large corporations” had ample room to build successful coalitions.

Attacks on government programs should also emphasize “bloated bureaucracy and frivolous programs.”

To view the results of the study for yourself, click on the link below …

ECONOMICALLY ISOLATED AMERICANS (.pdf)

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