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October 17, 2003

Union Members Voted Against Arnie

Don't believe the hype. There was definitely slippage among union voters towards Arnie and the GOP, but if union members had decided the vote, Gray Davis would not have been recalled, and if he had, Cruz Bustamante would be governor.

According to exit polls, union members voted decisively (55%) against the recall.

And in the candidate ballot, union members voted 44% for Bustamante and only 37% for Arnold.

Some other fun facts from the recall-- this was a straight up vote of wealthier Californians voting Yes on the Recall, while lower-income folks voted a big No. Only Californians making $50,000 a year or more voted for the recall-- those making more than $75,000 per year voting even more strongly in favor. And Bustamante beat Arnie among voters making $15,000 to $50,000 per year.

No doubt Arnie's social liberalism picked off a bunch of upper-income Democrats, but don't believe any propaganda coming out of the media that the coming assault on unions and the poor was agreed to by those voters.

Posted by Nathan at October 17, 2003 12:09 PM