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Today’s raucous revolt against Washington and Wall Street is a classic populist uprising. In Mad as Hell, expert political pollsters Scott Rasmussen and Doug Schoen show us what it means for the future of American politics.
The contentious tea parties and angry town hall meetings of last summer seemingly took everyone by surprise. It shouldn’t have: populist movements always arise in times of economic hardship and uncertainty. Rasmussen and Schoen argue that today’s revolt, however, is unusually broad and has two wings: a left wing that wants universal health care and redistributive economic policies, and a right wing that wants to reduce the power of government to interfere in our lives. Both are hostile to the Washington political class, Wall Street, and the mainstream media – all of which they consider out of touch with the concerns of “real” Americans. In Mad as Hell, they offer an authoritative guide to the new populism, featuring a combination of proprietary polling data, political analysis, online focus groups, and interviews with on-the-ground players.
Scott Rasmussen is Founder and President of Rasmussen Reports. Doug Schoen is Founder of the Penn and Schoen political polling firm. Both appear regularly on major television networks and in the print media to provide analyses of American public opinion and major political issues.
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