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CATO/YouGov Research Reveals Surprising Views of Clinton, Trump Voters, Free Speech, Political Correctness

November 6th, 2017 Comments off

StateOfFreeSpeechToleranceInAmericaCatoYouGovSurveyDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThat the nation – and thus Washington, D.C. – are polarized is no secret.

That big pieces of legislation impacting manufactured home owners, businesses, and investors has been stuck in the halls of Congress, due in part to polarization is widely known too.

But just how wide is that gap?

To what degree are people willing to discuss political issues today that impacts everyone?

Those are some of the issues that a YouGov survey recently completed for the Cato Institute dives into in a release to MHProNews.

While Democrats and Republicans have seen various topics differently for many years, the degree of those differences now are also examined in the Cato/YouGov survey.

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That the contemporary divide impacts lobbying, or legislative efforts ought to be self-evident.

In their release to the Daily Business News, those the Cato/YouGov poll results and some of their top level takeaways are documented.  A point that’s implied is also worth noting, as it reflects the challenge that pollsters today face.  Namely, if people –more likely on the right, per Cato/YouGov research – are much less willing to reveal their honest views, how does that impact voter surveys in a run-up to any given election?

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Over Half of All Americans…

Per the Cato/YouGov’s data, over half of all Americans feel silenced by political correctness.

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That “self-censorship” caused by the political climate is corrosive of the state of the Union and of free speech at many levels.

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Before diving into written analysis of the top lines of the research, note how the Cato Institute describes themselves as, “a libertarian think tank dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace. Our vision is to create free, open, and civil societies founded on libertarian principles. Cato does not undertake lobbying efforts, back political candidates, or engage in political activities. It does not associate with any political organization or party. In order to maintain its independence, Cato does not accept government funding, but receives approximately 80 percent of its operating budget through tax deductible contributions from individuals, with the remainder of its support coming from foundations, corporations, and the sale of books and publications.”

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Cato/YouGov Top Lines by Select Categories, Plus Full Survey Download

Washington, D.C. – The Cato 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey, a new national poll of 2,300 U.S. adults, finds that nearly three-fourths (71%) of Americans believe that political correctness has silenced important discussions our society needs to have. The consequences are personal—58% of Americans believe the political climate prevents them from sharing their own political beliefs,” stated their release.

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Clinton Voters Can’t Be Friends with Trump Voters

Nearly two-thirds (61%) of Hillary Clinton’s voters agree that it’s “hard” to be friends with Donald Trump’s voters. However, only 34% of Trump’s voters feel the same way about Clinton’s. Instead, nearly two-thirds (64%) of Trump voters don’t think it’s hard to be friends with Clinton voters.

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Other Interesting Findings Include the Following

It follows that a solid majority (59%) of Americans think people should be allowed to express unpopular opinions in public, even those deeply offensive to others,” per the release commentary from Dr. Emily Ekins.

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“On the other hand, 40% think government should prevent hate speech. Despite this, the survey also found Americans willing to censor, regulate, or punish a wide variety of speech and expression they personally find offensive, said Ekins.

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Other bullets:

  • 51% of staunch liberals say it’s “morally acceptable” to punch Nazis.
  • 53% of Republicans favor stripping U.S. citizenship from people who burn the American flag.
  • 51% of Democrats support a law that requires Americans use transgender people’s preferred gender pronouns.
  • 65% of Republicans say NFL players should be fired if they refuse to stand for the anthem.
  • 58% of Democrats say employers should punish employees for offensive Facebook posts.
  • 47% of Republicans favor bans on building new mosques.

Americans also can’t agree what speech is hateful, offensive, or simply a political opinion, said Ekins, per the Cato/YouGov research.

  • 59% of liberals say it’s hate speech to say transgender people have a mental disorder; only 17% of conservatives agree.
  • 39% of conservatives believe it’s hate speech to say the police are racist; only 17% of liberals agree.
  • 80% of liberals say it’s hateful or offensive to say illegal immigrants should be deported; only 36% of conservatives agree.
  • 87% of liberals say it’s hateful or offensive to say women shouldn’t fight in military combat roles, while 47% of conservatives agree.
  • 90% of liberals say it’s hateful or offensive to say homosexuality is a sin, while 47% of conservatives agree.

These data show why censoring offensive speech is difficult—Americans can’t agree what speech is offensive or shouldn’t be allowed,” said Cato’s Director of Polling, Ekins.

What is deeply offensive to one person may simply be a political opinion to another. These data show that if we silence speech that any number of people find offensive, we will shut down a wide variety of important political debates,” Ekins stated.

The complete research by Cato/YouGov with Ekins commentary and analysis is available as a download, linked here. ## (News, research, analysis.)

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4 and 0 – Special Elections and Manufactured Housing – Clayton, Connor, Hamilton

June 29th, 2017 Comments off

SpecialElectionGOPDemsSpecialElectionMHProNewsI don’t care whether you are a liberal, conservative, independent or something else – the bottom line with this year’s [2016 presidential] election was simply more of the same or something new, different or unique,” said Tim Connor, CSP.

Jim Clayton told MHProNews that “my thinking is increasingly optimistic and tends to align with those Republican leaders who are creatively saving-face while migrating back to the fold – and to PresidentDonald the Disruptor.”

But reading or watching much of the mainstream media makes it clear that many feel differently than Clayton’s founder or those who support the “Donald the Disruptor” agenda. #Resistance, insults to the president, his supporters and our industry from those like Keith Olbermann – reported here – have been headline news.

Georgia 6, MSM and MHVille

For several months, the mainstream media (MSM) covered the run-up to the Georgia 6th district special election.

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Republican Karen Handel won Georgia’s special election on Tuesday, June 20th.  That win kept in the GOP 4-0 vs. Democrats in the post-inauguration special elections.  The race pitted Handel – who emerged from a crowed Republican field – to defeat a young, appealing-to-many Democrat, Jon Ossoff.

While manufactured housing is far from a homogenous group politically, informal surveys have suggested that the professionals in the industry tend to favor President Donald J. Trump’s agenda.

A New York Times survey pre-election in 2016 indicated that most “mobile home” [sic] residents also tended to favor Trump.

DefiningSICinJournalismDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews-comBoth MHI and MHARR have officially welcomed the Trump Administration, notably on areas where regulatory roll backs, pro-growth business policies are being advocated and advanced.

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GMHA – the View of Handel-Ossoff from GA 6th

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Jay Hamilton, Executive Director, Georgia Manufactured Housing Association (GMHA).

The New York Times and the DNC [Democratic National Committee] decided to take this election and show Trump was such a poor President that even a Moderate Democrat could win in a typically Republican suburban district north of Atlanta. Trump only carried the 6th District by 2% because this district has been slowly shifting toward the Dems for the last few years,” said Jay Hamilton, Executive Director for the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association (GMHA), to MHProNews.

All the [pre-election] polls showed Ossoff winning by a few points,” said Hamiliton, “but as it [the race] tightened up, the polls never [properly] reflected the change.”

Hamilton pointed out that record sums were spent, most of it from out-of-state. He noted the appeal of Ossoff and that he had many of the qualities that might have won Democrat.  “They were millennial hunting,” he with Ossoff, he said, trying to get someone who sounded fiscally conservative but socially liberal.

The GMHA exec recalled that “Handel is a very vocal opponent to abortion due to her devout Christian faith,” adding – “she left as Vice President the Susan Koman Cancer Foundation in a stink because she was encouraging them to not fund Planned Parenthood…” Hamilton noted one of the key errors in the Democratic strategy.

The “DNC made a huge deal out of how important this election was to them. They should have kept that to themselves. [They] Kept bragging about Trump was going to hand this to them. This brought out all the Republican voters as well as the Dems who voted for Trump to vote against DNC.”

Hamilton detailed several tactical and strategic errors the Democrats made, including: “They ran a candidate who could not vote in his own district that he was running in. He lives two districts a way.  Bad, Bad, Bad move as [POTUS] Trump would say.”

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What this leaves the DNC with is an 0-4 record, in some cases after having spent huge sums of money in a local race.  Early estimates for this GA6 contest indicate it was the most money ever spent on a congressional race.  Hamilton tells MHProNews to expect to see more of Ossoff in the future, as this is the kind of candidate the DNC is looking to win with.

NBC News’ Chuck Todd has said that while the president doesn’t have a clear majority, he does have a clear polarity of voters, describing his followers a the biggest thing out there in politics today.

Michael Bloomberg – who has considered an independent run for the White House and leans left – has stated that at this point, President Trump is well on his way toward re-election in 2020.

But the current GOP in the House and Senate may – or may not – fare as well, unless they get some key legislative items like a publicly acceptable repeal and replace ObamaCare, and tax reform done.

Democrats are still trailing in fund-raising, so given a mixed mood about the Congress, a plurality for the president and the DNC in disarray, the next 18 months are up for grabs. ##

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Taxes Rise on Manufactured and Modular Homes

June 14th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned from charlotteobserver the North Carolina state senate has approved a tax reform plan on second reading with the third and final reading—and likely approval– set for Tue., June 18. The Republican-dominated senate bill includes a tax hike for factory-built homes. Under the new measure the sales tax on manufactured homes would rise from 2 percent with a $300 cap to 4.75 percent with no cap. For modular homes the increase would go from 2.5 percent to 4.75%. Democrats contend this will hurt small businesses. The measure will move to the House for reconciliation with its bill after the final vote.

(Photo credit: thetimesnews–refurbished manufactured home in Burlington, NC)

DE Town Hall Meeting for Residents

December 4th, 2012 Comments off

The SussexCountian reports from southern Delaware State Rep. Ruth Briggs King will sponsor a town hall meeting Dec. 12 in Millsboro, DE along with Deputy Attorney General Greg Strong, who heads of the state’s consumer protection division. Issues to be discussed include the workings of the Rental Assistance Program, the Council on Manufactured Housing, and the Delaware Consumer Protection Unit’s enforcement of the state’s manufactured housing regulations. As MHProNews reported Oct. 17, 2012, Republican King was pitted against MHC resident and Democratic challenger Beth McGinn in the Nov. elections.

(Photo credit: Ron MacArthur/Cape Gazette–Rehoboth Shores, DE)

Garden Homes Denied Again

October 26th, 2012 Comments off

Since Garden Homes Management Corp. began its attempt to construct a 124 homesite MHC in Oxford, Conn. in 2006, it has endured numerous hearings, commission meetings, studies, court battles and appeals, always being told, like that old gospel tune, there is “One More River to Cross.” As MHProNews has posted several times, a major holdup has been the potential encroachment on a wetlands area that is part of the property. Garden Homes had said in its recent revised plan that constructing its MHC would not affect the protected area or come under the agency’s jurisdiction, according to the Republican American. The three members of the agency voted 3-0 that the revised plan will affect the wetlands and therefore comes under the agency’s jurisdiction. Attempts to determine Garden Homes’ next step were unsuccessful.

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Manufactured Housing Looms Large in House Race

October 17th, 2012 Comments off

Following a story we last published Sept. 24, 2012, concerning a race between two women for House District Seat 37 in southeastern Delaware, Cape Gazette Village Soup has posed questions to the candidates. Republican Briggs King is the incumbent and vice president of the county realtors association. Democratic challenger Beth McGinn works for the Social Security office and lives in an MHC. Each candidate was asked what they would do to improve the lives of manufactured homeowners. King stated manufactured homeowners need to apprise the attorney general’s office of any violations. McGinn stated she would encourage the attorney general’s office to impose stiffer penalties for violating the Manufactured Homeowners & Community Owners Act. She also would ask for a designated staff person to hold regular meetings with a committee of homeowners and landowners, and she intends to introduce legislation to protect homeowners from unjustified rent increases. MHProNews has learned Ms. McGinn wants leases for manufactured housing to include a provision that rent never exceeds 30 percent of household income.

(Photo credit: sussexcountian—Briggs King, left, McGinn on right)

Race in Delaware Heats Up

September 24th, 2012 Comments off

Following up on the race for Delaware’s 37th District State Representative seat between incumbent Briggs King and Beth McGinn, CapeGazette VillageSoup reports MHC resident McGinn chides Ms. King for saying she has been working on manufactured housing issues with homeowners associations as well as members of the legislature and government officials. Ms. McGinn says she has not found anyone Ms. King has spoken with who is involved with manufactured housing. Citing the rent justification bill the Delaware Legislature voted down, which Ms. King did not vote on citing conflict of interest because of family ownership of MHCs, Ms. McGinn asks, “Why would she spend time working on manufactured housing issues when she can never introduce or vote for legislation due to her stated conflict?” As MHProNews has learned, Ms. King is Republican and Ms. McGinn is a Democrat.

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Gingrich Would Repeal Dodd-Frank; Romney Courts MH Seniors

January 31st, 2012 Comments off

Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney campaigned in The Villages in Ocala, Florida, the largest age restricted active adult community in the world, 55 and better, with nearly 75,000 homes spanning three counties. The Villages website depicts numerous manufactured homes among the housing options. MHProNews.com has been informed it is a land lease community (LLC), but also has site-built homes on leased land. Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich crisscrossed the state in search of votes, and appearing on C-SPAN today said on day one as president, given a Republican House and Senate, he would ask Congress to repeal Dodd-Frank and Obamacare. He says they are “choking American business.” Dodd-Frank contains provisions harmful to the MH industry.  MHProNews.com has also learned the Great Southwest Home Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, may invite presidential candidates to the March 1-4  show.

Photo credit: Scott McIntyre/NaplesNews–Newt Gingrich at Page Field, Fort Myers)

 

Warren Supports Occupy Wall Street

October 26th, 2011 Comments off

Redstate updates a report MHProNews previously covered on Elizabeth Warren, President Obama’s force behind the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and current candidate for the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts. Commenting in an article in The Daily Beast about the Occupy Wall Street movement that has spread across the country and four continents, Warren says, “I created much of the intellectual foundation for what they do. I support what they do.” She is not, however, a soak-the-rich Democrat who sees only the excesses of Wall Street. Raised in lower middle-class surroundings in Oklahoma, she is now a commercial law professor at Harvard University. Many of her studies have focused on debt and trying to determine what causes families to go bankrupt. Warren was a Republican until the 1990’s: “I was a Republican because I thought those were the people who best supported markets. I don’t think that is true anymore.” The report cited articles from different publications that depict sexual assault, drug use, anti-Semitic speeches, littering, graffiti, and incitements to violence at Occupy Wall Street protests across the country. In New York, according to Politicology, violent crime has increased because more police have been called away from the hot spots to patrol the protest area. Redstate rhetorically asks, is this what Warren supports?

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MHI Pushes for Campaign to Revise Dodd-Frank

June 3rd, 2011 Comments off

MHI Week in Review continues urging contacts with members of Congress to make revisions to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) that are of significant concern to the manufactured housing industry.  These include: 1) high-cost mortgage triggers; 2) qualified mortgage criteria for small manufactured home loans; 3) exempt appraisal requirements for manufactured home loans classified as higher risk mortgages, and 4) mortgage loan originator definitions and requirements within both Dodd-Frank and the Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act (SAFE Act), including a broader exemption for seller-backed financing within Dodd-Frank and the SAFE Act.  There is currently more Republican support for the changes than Democrat.  The newsletter states: “While the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is scheduled to become fully operational on July 21, 2011, regulations implementing the Act’s mortgage finance and predatory lending provisions could take between 18 to 30 months to be fully implemented.”  Read the full report at MHI Continues Push for Dodd-Frank Reform.