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January 2, 2013 at 1:04 PM
A new poll by Stuart Elway indicates the “fiscal cliff” debate in Washington, D.C., made Washington voters more pessimistic about the future.
“Throughout 2012, each of the four Voter Outlook Index measures steadily improved, mainly as a result of fewer and fewer people thinking things were getting worse. That trend was reversed this month,” Elway wrote in his report.
“For each component measure, there was a decline in the number of voters who said things were getting better coupled with a doubling of the percentage of voters who said things were getting worse.”
Previously, the index had jumped from its all‐time low of 0.39 in August 2011 to its highest point in eight years last September — 2.04. The score this month was 0.32, its
third‐lowest score in 20 years, Elway wrote.
In an interview, Elway attributed the decline to the debate over the budget and taxes in Congress. “There’s nothing else that has gotten that level of attention,” he said.
November 12, 2012 at 6:00 AM
U.S. Rep Cathy McMorris Rodgers joins the soul-searching: McMorris Rodgers of Spokane, rising star of the U.S. House, told CNN Sunday that the Republican Party, now licking its considerable wounds from last week’s election, should become more “modern” not more “moderate,” as it figures out what went wrong and right in the 2012 campaign. She also called last week’s election a “status quo” event.
Sen. Patty Murray of Washington and the fiscal cliff: Washington Sen. Patty Murray spent some time this weekend on the national talk shows. She took a very hard line on the looming fiscal cliff, telling ABC’s This Week that Congress should simply let the tax cuts expire if Republicans won’t bargain on taxing the wealthiest Americans.
Washington and Colorado’s pot law cracks up TV anchors. I know, I know. Jon Stewart fans saw this clip last week. But just in case you missed it. He has a pretty funny take on how silly the TV news anchors became describing the passage of the new laws.
Some clear-eyed lessons from Election 2012. Polls, speaking, debates.
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