More evidence that we see what we want to see, mostly for partisan reasons

Pew Research Center just completed a poll of 1,012 adults, asking each respondent about the economy.

Among all respondents, 58% say they are hearing a mix of good and bad economic news, while 35% say they are hearing mostly bad news and 6% mostly good news. Now zooming on just those who said they were hearing mostly bad news about the economy, and breaking the respondents down by party, the percentage hearing mostly bad news:

  • Repubs: 60%
  • Dems: 15%
  • Independents: 36%.

As long as Pew has been asking the question there has been a difference by party, but the gap from 60 percent of Repubs hearing mostly bad news to just 15 percent of Dems is by far the largest Pews has recorded. The closer we get to the election, the bigger the gap. As recently as March of this year, the gap was just Repubs: 33, Dems: 18.

Here’s the full Pew report.

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 09/11/2012 - 06:52 pm.

    What this says is

    85% of democrats are in denial, which makes sense to me.

  2. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 09/12/2012 - 08:25 am.

    Or, if you have been convinced that the “lamestream” media is full of lies and you get all your news from a “fair and balanced” provider or a source that proclaims its “excellence in broadcasting”, it is entirely possible that that is the split of positive/negative that you do hear from your media sources.

  3. Submitted by Lora Jones on 09/12/2012 - 09:08 am.

    Conversely, Dennis

    Anyone who says they’re hearing “mostly bad news” obviously has their hands over their ears saying “no-no-no-no-no” a good portion of the time.

  4. Submitted by Peder DeFor on 09/14/2012 - 08:01 am.

    More Quantitative Easing!

    Obviously the Fed’s decision to do another round of quantitative easing is not a good sign of the economy. That suggests to me that it’s not that hard to figure out where the rose colored glasses are…

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 09/15/2012 - 02:35 pm.

      And why

      is this obvious?
      That’s the whole point of the article!
      Different things are ‘obvious’ to different people.

      • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 09/16/2012 - 09:51 am.

        is not a good sign of the economy

        If you meant to say this, rather than
        is not a good sign FOR the economy,
        then I agree that it is obvious to me too that the economy is in trouble.
        I’m still not sure who you think is wearing rose colored glasses, though.
        I assume that you think that someone is offering easy, vague solutions and ignoring the real problems.
        Who could that be?
        This brings us back to the original topic.

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