Democracy Corps: Winning the Debate on Taxes and the Economy


In their latest strategy memo for Democracy Corps, Stan Greenberg, James Carville, and Kristi Fuksa highlight how Democrats can build confidence and make real gains, even in Republican territory, when they prioritize changing the middle class tax burden and engage the Republicans at every opportunity.

Key Findings

  • Democrats are holding a 23-point edge in the 25 Democratic-held districts and running even in the 40 Republican-held districts.
  • Tax issues are exactly an area where Democrats should be fighting in 2008. There are few tax matters in which Republicans enjoy a stronger advantage; Taxes are an issue that, based on this survey, can build confidence in Democrats and shift votes, even in Republican territory.
  • In terms of attitudes toward taxes - both short-term tax issues like the Alternative Minimum Tax fix or major long-term tax reforms - voters are rallying to a Democratic approach. Democrats increased their advantage on “which party would do a better job on taxes” from +4 to +13 points in Democratic-held districts and from -5 to +4 points in Republican ones.

Methodology

This survey of 1,527 likely voters was conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for Democracy Corps in 65 battleground Congressional Districts across the country. The survey fielded December 10-13, 2007.

Find the memo, graphs, frequency questionnaire, banner book, and battleground district list here.