Poll: What Post-Election Issues are Important to You

  1. To me it's still the war in Iraq and the economy that is first and foremost on my mind.


    Media mum on new Gallup poll showing values fourth priority, not first

    On December 14, Editor & Publisher reported that a post-election nationwide Gallup poll found that "values" tied for fourth place as "the most important problem facing this country today." The Gallup poll's findings contradicted numerous media reports, based on exit polls, that declared "moral values" was the most influential issue in the 2004 presidential election. According to the December 14 Gallup poll, "moral values" tied with unemployment and jobs, and ranked lower than the war in Iraq, terrorism, and the economy. Immediately after the election, the media was quick to trumpet values as the decisive issue -- yet there was almost no coverage of the recent Gallup results that could, as Editor & Publisher noted, "deal a death blow to the whole idea."

    Here are some post-election comments from media figures on the role of "moral values" in shaping the election, as Media Matters for America previously documented:

    * Dan Rather (CBS anchor): "Moral values -- we'll give you a look at the surprise issue that trumped the war, terror, and the economy as the decisive issue in the election." [CBS, Evening News, 11/3/04]
    * Anderson Cooper (CNN anchor): "Well, for months, the presidential campaigns and pundits have debated whether the driving issues of this election would be Iraq or the economy. Turns out it was neither. Moral values ruled this election, with 22 percent of voters citing moral issues as their No. 1 concern." [CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, 11/3/04]
    * Paula Zahn (CNN anchor): "Tonight, it is the decisive issue, the one pollsters didn't see coming -- millions of people voting their moral values. ... The exit polls are quite stunning, at least to some folks looking at these numbers for the first time, when it appears that moral issues trumped just about every other issue on the map here." [CNN, Paula Zahn Now, 11/3/04]
    * Pat Buchanan (MSNBC analyst and former Republican presidential candidate): "It wasn't the economy or the war in Iraq or even the war on terror. Exit polls tell us moral values were most important in choosing a president." [MSNBC, Scarborough Country, 11/3/04]
    * Bill Plante (CBS News White House correspondent): "In the end, it was not the Iraq war or the economy, the two issues most often mentioned as voters' biggest concerns, but moral values, which were the biggest factor in motivating people to go to the polls." [CBS, The Early Show, 11/4/04]

    What are they saying now about the new numbers that contradict their earlier claims? Not a thing. A Nexis search of "All News" sources from December 13 through December 19 for the words "Gallup" and "values" yielded only one relevant result: Ted Vaden, public editor for the Raleigh, N.C.-based News & Observer, noted in a December 19 column (free registration required), "The most recent Gallup Poll places the war in Iraq as the top public concern nationally (well ahead of "values," we might note.)"
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   Jamesdotter
    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    To me it's still the war in Iraq and the economy that is first and foremost on my mind.
    I agree. And I would add education and the environment.
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    I was actually thinking about how it is such a relief not to be talking about election stuff since the election concluded.

    steph
  5. by   Tweety
    Quote from stevielynn
    I was actually thinking about how it is such a relief not to be talking about election stuff since the election concluded.

    steph

    Whatever. (see the pose in my avatar)
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    Whatever. (see the pose in my avatar)
    Don't you remember the tension here? Isn't it great to talk about all the other stuff we are all talking about? We are almost in complete agreement about most stuff (well, except Santa on the chimney . It is so cool.

    Ok, I'll attempt a serious reply to your great question Tweety.

    Post-election issues. Well, I'd say Iraq. My boys have a good friend they went to school with who was in the battallion that was hit in the mess tent a week or so ago and his parents didn't hear from him for about 24 hours and we all were praying for his safety. It was scary indeed. He finally did call his parents and he was away doing something else that day and so missed the bombing. Good thing.

    I'm interested in the election coming up in Iraq.

    I'm interested in the movement to overturn or at least modify the stem cell prop that passed here in money-strapped California.

    I'm attending a nurse leadership conference in Monterey in February so I'm interested in the ratio law and in hearing other's perspectives. Maybe Judee Berg will be there and I can ask her why she is letting nurses down. Also looking forward to doing some fun things in Monterey.

    Is that better my dear?

    steph
  7. by   Tweety
    Quote from stevielynn
    Don't you remember the tension here? Isn't it great to talk about all the other stuff we are all talking about? We are almost in complete agreement about most stuff (well, except Santa on the chimney . It is so cool. .............

    Is that better my dear?

    steph

    Yes, I remember the tension and I loved it. While I'm certainly glad it's over and don't want to stir anything up, it's boring to agree about most stuff.

    Just kidding. I did find the article interesting. But nevermind.
  8. by   Spidey's mom
    [QUOTE=3rdShiftGuy]Yes, I remember the tension and I loved it. While I'm certainly glad it's over and don't want to stir anything up, it's boring to agree about most stuff.

    Just kidding. I did find the article interesting. But nevermind.[/QUOTE

    Weren't the initial polls tying values to the outcome of the election debunked? I thought I read that actually the war in Iraq was #1 but people messed with the poll taker's heads. Something I'd love to do. Hate polls.

    I found the article interesting too. No nevermind about it.

    I'm starving - meet me at the local Chinese restaurant and I'll buy you lunch and we can talk.

    steph
  9. by   eltrip
    I'm concerned about the economy, the back-door drafting of those who'd fulfilled their commitment to the military, education, and a few other things as well.
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I am fine with discussing post-election topics. I don't feel annoyed or controversial. These things are important to us all. Bush has 4 years to show me how wrong I am about him, right??? (grin). And, As always, if one feels tense or annoyed by this topic, she or he may abstain.

    For me, it's all about a few things:

    The "war" in Iraq and our getting OUT of there. I also fear coming hostilities and potential war with Iran and N. Korea.

    The environment; and I fear the Bush Admin will do plenty to put it at further risk, unfortunately. We can't continue to trash our home and not pay consequences, dire ones, in the future. It's simple as that to me.

    The economy--and I will not blame any one administration for the mess we are in and what comes. We are going to reap what has been sown for a couple of decades now, and I don't see a lot of good things coming in the next 3-4 years. Hope I am wrong.

    Anyhow that is my less than 2 cents.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Dec 29, '04
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Yes a draft seems to loom as a real possibility. To deny it is, to me, to bury one's head in the proverbial sand. It seems not to be a matter of choice IF if we engage in hostilities with certain other countries like N. Korea. I just don't see our avoiding it unless things change rapidly and for the better worldwide (fat chance). And I am vehemently opposed to a draft for many reasons.
  12. by   ktwlpn
    First and formost for me-Women's rights.... The environment..Healthcare ..Our relations with other nations ....securing our country against terrorism ... the war in Iraq(and how to best get the heck out of there.....Education...Defining the separation between church and state-not allowing our rights to be erroded by religious ideologies -Protecting the Constitution....
  13. by   CHATSDALE
    The most important item is getting our people out of iraq...i think i will teach my children moral values but i think that we need some support from media...i don't believe that those who choose to not believe should have more rights than those who do believe [all believers moslim, jewish, christian etc]
    i want our third world cities, [the slums the ghettos] to have equal access to advancement that we give to foreign countries
    i don't believe in making fun of people according to what part of the country they are in or what side of the liberal/conservative line they are
    treating each other with respect...

    just a dream will never happen
  14. by   Spidey's mom
    Just to clear up my post, I never said I didn't enjoy the tension.

    Just that there is a definite lack of it now. Plus I was pulling Tweety's chain a bit.

    I loved the political postings . . . I love Current Events.

    The war still is number one on the list of issues I'm concerned about.

    steph

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