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    E-mailers Strongly Support Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

    E-mailers Strongly Support Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

    The polls have tended to show that Democrats in Wisconsin are in a much stronger position than last fall as a result of the budget repair bill controversy.

    I’ve wondered whether voters minds really could have changed that quickly, and whether union intimidation tactics really have worked.  Has the majority really flipped to the side of big government public employee unions?

    While not a scientific measure, a sample analysis of approximately 50,000 e-mails sent to Gov. Scott Walker shows — contrary to the polls — strong support for the Governor’s position, as reported by JSOnline:

    Gov. Scott Walker was right when he said that emailers supported his stance on collective bargaining for public workers, a new analysis has found.

    The analysis of the emails released by Walker Friday was done by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

    Their computer-assisted study of the emails released through a court settlement found strong support among emailers for Walker’s budget repair proposal, which would repeal nearly all union bargaining for public workers. But the margin was closer when only emails from Wisconsin residents were considered, the analysis found.

    The report also noted that public opinion polls don’t mesh with readers’ stances.

    Of all e-mails, the split was 62-32 in support.  While JSOnline correctly characterized the support of Wisconsin e-mailers as “closer,” the support still was quite strongly in favor of the Governor:

    “When the Center looked only at emails from Wisconsin, the margin was much slimmer, with 55 percent favoring his bill and 42 percent opposed.”

    So whether you look nationally or only in Wisconsin, there is a very sizable majority in favor of the Governor.

    Does this mean that the polls may not truly reflect both the electorate and the motivation of the respective sides?

    We’ll find out as the recall efforts move forward.

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    That is why we hold official elections instead of relying on polls.

    I find it shocking that 42% of those e-mailing oppose taxpayers and favor the socialist-leaning AFL-CIO. Isn't the treason of the Dem senators who fled to Illinois apparent to everyone? Or does everyone on the left believe that the ends justify the Alinskyian means? Regardless of their view on this issue, all Americans should be appalled by the fleebaggers' un-American actions. Have I taken crazy pills or teleported to an alternate universe? That any significant number would support this action indicates that the end of our republic is near (if not already here).

    Wow, quite a comment for a legal blog. The action of the Democratic Senators was entirely legal. Or perhaps you see a lawyer named Abe Lincoln as treasonous for doing the same thing.

    What you don't get is the Midwestern pace of political action, especially in Wisconsin (and Minnesota), where a rush to judgment riles the electorate — and cutting off discussion riles us even more; we're accustomed to hearings on bills held across the state for everyone to have a chance to say their piece. Walker wanted his bill with sweeping changes done in four days, aka a New York minute. Republican legislators held only one hearing the next day, with hardly any notice — so the hearing went into the night, the reason why people awaiting their turn started sleeping in the Capitol. Then those legislators abruptly cut off the hearing, so people themselves continued it for days — and so few days to do so led to the public employees coming swiftly from across the state, etc.

    Had the process been conducted as usual for a few weeks, with hearings in far corners of the state far from media, and in evenings and on weekends for workers to attend, all would have been well and Walker would have won weeks ago.

    You just can't hurry a Midwesterner. And you just have to be "Midwestern nice" — or the stubbornness is stoked, and there will be heck to pay.

    Milwaukeean, nothing personal, but you're full of crap. There was 60 hours of debate (yes, it went into the night) but it is pretty hard to debate with elected officials who flee their posts and run off to another state where they can't be dragged back to the Capitol to do the jobs they were elected to do.

    And you seem to think that any legislation proposed by those you elected to do exactly that should take it to the people first. Perhaps you can tell us when that has happened in Wisconsin before, and if that is the way you do business, why do you even have elected officials? Just put the legislation on the ballot and be done with it.

    Just as a reminder, the Wayward 14 were not the first to pull that stunt. The Killer D's did it in 2003 in Texas. Look where the Democratic party in Texas is now. It is an endangered species.

    Milwaukeean, tell us about the Wisconsin version of "Midwestern nice" with the death threats, the squatters in the Capitol, the property distruction, the hate signs and having the Democratic Socialists of America organizing rallies in Madison.

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