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Myth-Making for Why Democrats Lose: Still Smearing Ralph Nader for 2000
by Counterpunch (reposted)
Thursday Dec 21st, 2006 8:31 PM
By SAM SMITH

The Atlantic Monthly is perpetuating the Ralph Nader myth, blaming him for Bush's election in 2000. This is, at best sloppy journalism; at saddest, extreme denial; and at worst a plain lie.
Here are just a few of the actual facts:

* A Progressive Review study of poll results throughout the campaign found no correlation between Bush's percentage change and that of Nader except in July and August when the change was minimal.

* For example, in September of 2000, Gore's average poll result went up 7.5 points over August, Nader's only declined by one point. Similarly, in November, Gore's average poll tally declined 5.7 points but Nader's only went up 0.8 points.

* In Florida, it was also true. In nine successive surveys in which Nader pulled only two or three points, Gore's total varied by seven points. As late as two weeks before the election, Gore was ahead by as much as seven to ten points.

* As Michael Eisencher reported in Z Magazine, 20% of all Democratic voters, 12% of all self-identified liberal voters, 39% of all women voters, 44% of all seniors, one-third of all voters earning under $20,000 per year and 42% of those earning $20-30,000 annually, and 31% of all voting union members cast their ballots for Bush.

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