THE IMPACT OF KATRINA: THE CURRENT POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT & NEXT STEPS FOR DEMOCRATS

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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 country’s 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 administration’s placement of
inexperienced political hacks in positions of tremendous responsibility for our country’s safety and security.

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