THE IMPACT OF KATRINA: THE CURRENT POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT & NEXT STEPS FOR DEMOCRATSQuicklink submitted By Amanda Lang Permalink
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|Democracy Corps conducted four focus groups among swing voters in
Philadelphia, PA (college-educated, higher income, suburban) and Des Moines, IA (non-college,
lower income, rural areas). 1 These groups reinforced and provided a deeper understanding of
much of what we had already learned through our earlier polling about the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the countrys political environment deepening pessimism about the direction of the country and particularly the economy; intense frustration with the failure of government at all levels to protect the most vulnerable in our society; voters moving away from President Bush in an unprecedented manner; and tremendous anger over the Bush administrations placement of
inexperienced political hacks in positions of tremendous responsibility for our countrys safety and security.