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  The Moderate Middle Is A Myth
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Last EditedRP  Sep 24, 2019 09:19am
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AuthorLee Drutman
News DateTuesday, September 24, 2019 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionStop me if you’ve heard this one before: Independent voters will decide the election. Or better yet: Moderate voters will decide the election. Or, wait for it … If Democrats can move to the middle, they will win in 2020.

These tropes conjure up a particular image: a pivotal bloc of reasonable “independent” voters sick of the two major parties, just waiting for a centrist candidate to embrace a “moderate” policy vision. And there’s a reason this perception exits: You see just that if you look only at topline polling numbers, which show 40-plus percent of voters refusing to identify with a party, or close to 40 percent of voters calling themselves moderates.1 But topline polling numbers mask an underlying diversity of political thought that is far more complicated.

Moderate, independent and undecided voters are not the same, and none of these groups are reliably centrist. They are ideologically diverse, so there is no simple policy solution that will appeal to all of them.
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D:7918Labour Dem ( 152.8636 points)
Tue, September 24, 2019 08:45:27 PM UTC0:00
A lot of people make the mistake in assuming that independents are moderates.

 
D:1RP ( 5218.4644 points)
Thu, September 26, 2019 03:49:49 PM UTC0:00
I think a scarier issue is that a lot of people don't understand the difference between a moderate and a centrist.