The conservative shift in public opinion has happened in all 50 states

Recently on this blog, Larry Bartels drew attention to an astonishing fact: the public is as conservative as it has been in 50 years. To highlight this point, Professor Bartels presented the public’s policy mood — James Stimson’s measure of public support for government programs—from 1950 to 2012. In a recent article, Julianna Koch and I generated measures of policy mood for each state from the 1950s to 2010…. What we found is that the conservative opinion shift Professor Bartels highlighted repeats itself in every state. [cont.]

Peter Enns (Cornell), Washington Post