I don’t how many of you care about this, but I thought some of you might so I’m going to live blog along on this conference call in case any of you find it interesting at all. Let me know if you think this is stupid and I’ll stop.
Democracy Corps is a bunch of old Clinton people, but I generally like them.
The focus group was a tough audience, 45% Republicans and then maybe 30% indies. So not friendly…..
Overall the response was positive….
No area where there weren’t shifts in favor of Obama, it was very much about him. No shifts on views of Congress or on views of
Congress Republicans. Things that weren’t to do with Obama didn’t change at all….
Biggest shift on Wall Street and bank reform…shifts were extraordinary, a 50 point shift on “does Obama favor you or Wall Street”, 40 points on “does Obama favor you or special interests”. Biggest support for the bank fees. This puts him in a different place relative to the bail-out…dials spiked on “we all hated the bail-out” but also very strong (especially among Dems and indies) on regulatory reform.
35-40 point shift on jobs and on deficit stuff. Didn’t love the discussion of project so far. Weakest reaction was when he took credit for positive action on the economy so far. When he asked for a jobs bill, very strong response. The very strongest response was when talked about ending tax breaks for companies who were outsourcing.
No negative reaction from Republicans on ending DADT!
He showed confidence and hopefulness as opposed to digging into people’s problems, in sum (says Stan Greenberg).
Update. I’m just going to give a summary, because one thing stands out: the anti-Wall Street stuff went over gangbusters.
Update. Just to put in context, the anti-bank stuff produced bigger swings and better dial readings than anything he said in the last health care speech. These people really hate bankstas. I don’t know how typical they are. But, politically, it’s probably time to hammer the bankstas. Hard.