Post Election Report: The New Politics and New Mandate

Monday, November 10th, 2008

The American people paid extraordinary attention to the race for president in 2008 and made a considered choice of Barack Obama. Voters want to give Obama a honeymoon to bring change in an urgent but considered and serious way. They want the new president to address a handful of big problems, some boldly, some step-by-step, but with a goal of major, long-term change, particularly on the economy. With Obama winning an outright majority and viewed very favorably across the electorate, voters feel a personal investment in his success.