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September 20, 2011


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I know it's a small sample size, but it looks really quite bizarre for the youngest age cohort to give Don Blankenship the highest approval rating. Either they didn't know who he was and just answered blindly, or they have a less negative impression of him from not having been politically active when he was doing most of his dirty work.


Not surprising that Rockefeller is not popular. He never distinguishes himself as a moderate or at least very rarely. The gay marriage thing is not at all surprising. Social conservatism is one of the main things driving the state to the GOP.


According to this poll, 74% of people in WV are older than 45!
That compares to 36% in the US.

Or maybe the poll isn't very representative?

Charlie West

Who paid for this poll?


The reason poll respondents are so old is because West Virginia has one of the older populations, and older people are more likely to vote. The poll doesn't say 74% of West Virginians are over 45, just likely voters in West Virginia are.

As for younger people giving Blankenship higher approval, I think a lot of younger West Virginians aren't old enough to appreciate the dynamic between labor and mining companies. The older people dislike Blankenship because they grew up in a time when the UMWA was a strong force in the state and maybe hold a lower opinion of coal company brass. Younger West Virginians these days are virulently anti-union and tend to hold coal companies in very high regard. That is just my subjective observation/conjecture, but I say this as a native of southern West Virginia.

Incidentally, I think that would be an excellent poll question next time you do West Virginia: gauge people's opinions of the UMWA and organized labor in general.

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