Posts by Gene Ulm
Double-Digit Unemployment and the end of deflation signals a big rise in the Misery Index Doom for Democrats?

In case you missed it, America’s unemployment rate passed into double-digits and is now at 10.0 percent.

This is a hardship on Americans that has only happened ONE other time in the Post War era: 1982.

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Why AC/DC Matters.

You would never know it by reading the rock-and-roll press: metal band AC/DC has sold more records in the U.S. than Michael Jackson or Bruce Springsteen.

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The incumbent party loses when voters say No Confidence

The Michigan Consumer Confidence Index numbers for August are out: 65.7, or one of the 33 worst months on record. The University of Michigan started the Index in winter of 1978 and has released data monthly ever since.

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Psst. The Media Missed it: The Obama Honeymoon just ended.

Here at Public Opinion Strategies, it is axiomatic that a president’s job approval is held captive by the mood of the country.  Between President Obama’s swearing in and early June,

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Democrats take a hard left, but are they moving the country to the right?

My partner Glen’s OCD is well-placed when it comes to Independent voters; where they end up will decide the 2010 elections.  But, their swollen ranks have not just come by way of GOP defections. 

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