A new Gallup poll shows that old white people feel the GOP is representing them well on immigration, but nobody else does.
I think this kind of polling that has no issue content whatsoever is pretty useful. Most people don't have strongly held and clearly articulated views on most issues. They care about and know about a few things, and rely on broad cues for the rest. And what we're seeing here is basically that the existence of an immigration debate is not particularly favorable for Republicans. On the other hand, this conservative-leadning cohort of older whites is precisely the group whose relative voting weight surges in midterms since older whites have a very praiseworthy tendency to vote ever two years rather than every four. So while Republicans would be smart on one level to try to get something done here and not be talking about this in the years to come, they're on reasonably solid ground in the short-term if they want to scuttle the Gang of 8 bill.
TODAY IN SLATE
Justice Ginsburg’s Crucial Dissent in the Texas Voter ID Case
The Jarring Experience of Watching White Americans Speak Frankly About Race
How Facebook’s New Feature Could Come in Handy During a Disaster
The Most Ingenious Teaching Device Ever Invented
Sprawl, Decadence, and Environmental Ruin in Nevada
You Should Be Able to Sell Your Kidney
Or at least trade it for something.
- Texas Lab Worker on Cruise Tests Negative for Ebola as Dallas Hospital Apologizes
- Police Use Tear Gas to Break Up College Pumpkin Festival Turned Violent
- Racist Rancher Cliven Bundy Challenges Eric Holder in Bizarre Campaign Ad
- Supreme Court Allows Texas Law That Accepts Handgun Permits but not College IDs to Vote
An All-Female Mission to Mars
As a NASA guinea pig, I verified that women would be cheaper to launch than men.