Desperately Seeking Real America
"We did something really interesting Monday looking at 'patriotism," Patchwork Nation's Dante Chinni reports. "We had survey results on a question asking about 'love for country.' It turns out Sarah Palin is right, there are some places that are 'more patriotic' than others -- at least by some measures."
"But looking at the results, the fact is the places where 'patriotism' is the most important are the places that are generally the most solidly Republican. The voters McCain needs, the middle-of-the-roaders, aren't as interested in the topic."
"Also interesting, when you phrase the questions differently and make it about 'how important is it for you to be an American' the numbers change, quite a bit. We think it may be because the first question is about standing by one's country and the second is about the respondent ad the opportunities being an American affords."
Each party has a different view of what the "real
But beyond the statistics, the opportunities of being an American often resonate strongest in immigrant communities across the U.S, where the definition of who is an American has shifted often in our country's history. NewsHour looked at the way ethnic media is changing how people are getting information on the 2008 election and how foreign-language media sources like La Opinion in L.A. and San Francisco's Sing Tao daily are influencing election choices among their respective audiences.
These growing communities are also getting out the vote in new ways. The National Minority Consortia reported on how a walk out inspired Latino youth to organize a campaign in Southern