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Inside Politics w/ Bill Schneider - October '12

by Bill Schneider, Cole Mitchell and Jessica Harris

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In this month’s newsletter, Bill discusses how the vote is coming down to the wire, with a dwindling number of undecided voters in a diminishing number of swing states. This election has become a base-rallying election. The geographic makeup of voters could lead to an outcome eerily similar to the 2000 election. And the winner could find himself without a mandate and unable to get much done.

On p.3, Bill takes a look at some startling changes in Americans’ views on values and politics. For the first time, most Americans do not believe the government should promote traditional values. And the number of Americans who claim “no religion” is up to 20%.The infographic on p. 4 shows the percentage of the vote Obama won in the 2008 election and the change in unemployment in that state since he took office. Will the vote follow the unemployment rate in those states?

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