I received the following chart today, which gives the results of a recently completed survey of voters in ten states. It was commissioned by a consortium of groups, including the Montana Policy Institute, a conservative group based in Bozeman. The poll says that 83% of Montanans believe that state government is being run efficiently, and 55% believe Montana’s economy is on the right track. Montana leads the other states in both categories.
Might I remind everyone that these attitudes about the efficacy of state government are coming at a time when the entire executive branch of Montana is controlled by Democrats?
Two questions were asked: 1) Do you believe that the economy in your state is headed in the right direction or wrong direction? 2) Do you believe your state government is being run efficiently or inefficiently? Here are the ten state results. Montana is highest in both categories, by a mile.
|STATE ECONOMY HEADED
IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION?
|FL||27% YES||63% NO||47% YES||51% NO|
|IL||23% YES||74% NO||23% YES||76% NO|
|IN||28% YES||53% NO||77% YES||16% NO|
|MI||23% YES||56% NO||41% YES||53% NO|
|NY||26% YES||58% NO||62% YES||37% NO|
|MT||55% YES||37% NO||83% YES||17% NO|
|NC||18% YES||70% NO||55% YES||39% NO|
|OH||20% YES||71% NO||49% YES||42% NO|
|PA||29% YES||62% NO||45% YES||53% NO|
|WI||39% YES||51% NO||57% YES||37% NO|
Almost nothing in politics ever polls at 83%. If a politician jumped into an icy river to save a grandma from drowning, and voters were asked if they approve or disapprove of her actions, it would probably poll only 80-20. So the 83% percent number is really astounding. Alas, all of this is terrible news for the Montana Tea Party and the GOP. Montana Teabaggers and Republicans spend their days frothing and foaming and ranting and raving, blurting out lies to crowds filled with angry imbeciles, about how state Government is spending too much money, taxing too much, and regulating too much. None of this information appears to be working. These lies are not affecting voters. Voters like what they are seeing. So Montana Democrats must now take these poll results, and stuff them down the throats, and up the asses, of their right-wing critics, to victory in 2012.