It's the Economy, Again
Patchwork Nation director Dante Chinni spent time in several target communities in the last week before the conventions, and wasn't surprised to find that this is the case.
and most pressing, is the economy. It has been mentioned as an election issue
in all of our 11 communities -- and as THE issue in many of them. As we noted
falling gas prices have improved the immediate economic situation in many
places and that may help McCain if the trend continues. But in our interviews little
has changed in terms of larger concerns and fears about what's ahead. And, in
relative terms, the nation's "Evangelical Epicenters" are now faring quite poorly, a trend that could hurt McCain as those areas were
already not the most enthusiastic McCain supporters.
In the "Empty Nest" community of
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