A key election metric for Democrats is on a sign in your neighborhood

Posted on AllSides October 20th, 2022
From The Left

A month ago, I noticed an unsubtle correlation: In recent months, the extent to which Americans said the country was on the right track moved in concert with gas prices. In other words, as gas prices fell, American optimism rose. As prices rose, optimism fell.

This seems counterintuitive. We tend to assume that people are complicated, albeit rational, actors who process information and come to intricate conclusions about cause and effect. But that may be overcomplicating things. Looking at the same data for President Biden’s approval rating and for the Democratic...

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