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Democrats & Unaffiliateds More Likely To Be Unemployed Than Republicans
Rasmussen Reports ^ | 11/19/2009

Posted on 11/19/2009 9:01:03 AM PST by markomalley

Data from Rasmussen Reports national telephone surveys shows that 15.0% of Democrats in the workforce are currently unemployed and looking for a job. Among adults not affiliated with either major party, that number is 15.6% while just 9.9% of Republicans are in the same situation.

These findings are from interviews with 15,000 American adults in October. The numbers show an increase in all categories from earlier in the year.

The percentage of unemployed Democrats has grown less than a point from 14.2% in February.

Among those not affiliated with either major party, unemployment has grown by more than two percentage points from 13.3% in February to 15.6% now.

As for Republicans, the percentage unemployed has also grown more than two points after starting at just 7.8% in February.

The numbers are not directly comparable to the official unemployment statistics and are not seasonally adjusted. However, the trend is clear. In February, unemployment stood at 11.8% and that grew to 13.5% in October.

It’s interesting to note a shift in the composition of the workforce. In February, 45.6% of workers were working for another company in the private sector while 21.9% were self-employed or had their own company. Since then, the number working for someone else has dropped three points to 42.4% while the number of entrepreneurs has jumped three points to 24.6%.

A different way of looking at the overall data is to compare the percentage of working adults. This factors in people who are retired or out of the workforce for some other reason. In February, 58.3% of Americans were working. That fell to 56.5% in October.

The Rasmussen Employment Index has shown that 15% of workers say their organizations are hiring. That number has held steady for eight straight months. Nearly twice as many report lay-offs where they work.

The Rasmussen Consumer Index measures consumer and investor confidence on a daily basis.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: democrats; dole; layoffs; rasmussen; unemployed; unemployment; workforce
Why is this utterly unsurprising to me?
1 posted on 11/19/2009 9:01:04 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley
This headline is ALSO true when the unemployment rate is 4.5%.

Big Deal.

2 posted on 11/19/2009 9:03:32 AM PST by willgolfforfood
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To: markomalley

(1) Republicans tend to be more enterprising overall.
(2) A conservative will find a way to work. They’ll shovel fries to feed their family. Democrats are generally more content to sit on their couch and let a conservative do the work to feed their family.
(3) Republicans tend to be more faithful. God blesses His people (generally speaking — individual results may vary).

SnakeDoc


4 posted on 11/19/2009 9:04:40 AM PST by SnakeDoctor ("Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much." -- John Wayne)
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To: markomalley

Gee do you think that the bosses might’ve scanned the parking lot for Obama bumper stickers? ;)


5 posted on 11/19/2009 9:05:40 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: SnakeDoctor

Took the words out of my mouth. If a conservative loses their job, they’ll take a job that may be “beneath” their abilities to make sure the bills are paid.


6 posted on 11/19/2009 9:07:31 AM PST by JenB987
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To: markomalley

Democrats & Unaffiliateds More Likely To Be

- on the public dole
- government bureaucrats
- community organizers
- MSM reporters
- all of the above


7 posted on 11/19/2009 9:07:53 AM PST by Never on my watch (The It is Not Terrorism Task Force (INTTF) is heading to the scene now.)
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To: markomalley

months ago, I needed to lay off 3 of my 11 employees. Known Obama supporters went first. 2 months later, about 2 months ago, I had to let 2 more go. Both Obamorons. but I’m out of libholes.


8 posted on 11/19/2009 9:09:54 AM PST by wny
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To: wny

So there is a little bit of karmic justice?


9 posted on 11/19/2009 9:14:27 AM PST by 1scrappymom (Hook Em Horns!!)
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To: SnakeDoctor

I also have to assume that a majority of small business owners (still a backbone to the country) percentage wise are Republicans.


10 posted on 11/19/2009 9:17:11 AM PST by MNlurker
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To: 1scrappymom

HAHAHAHA! Hope and Change!!


11 posted on 11/19/2009 9:18:00 AM PST by MNDude (The Republican Congress Economy--1995-2007)
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To: markomalley

Go figure. Whiney liberals are also the biggest complainers in any work situation.


12 posted on 11/19/2009 9:20:08 AM PST by PGalt
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To: wny

Not being critical, but I hope for your sake you kept ample documentation for other reasons being your primary reasons for their dismissal. I am sure the correlation between being a poor employee and being an Obama supporter is probably quite high, it is wiser to focus on their being bad employees rather than their politics.

Who knows? Someday every employer may be required to keep a Democrat Party Official on the payroll to monitor the employee ranks for political purity.


13 posted on 11/19/2009 9:20:20 AM PST by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts soooo good!)
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To: markomalley

Lets not forget the unemployable Democrat. They never even had a job to lose.


14 posted on 11/19/2009 9:20:32 AM PST by screaminsunshine (!!)
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To: markomalley; BIGLOOK; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Liz; tubebender; BOBTHENAILER
"Data from Rasmussen Reports national telephone surveys shows that 15.0% of Democrats in the workforce are currently unemployed and looking for a job. Among adults not affiliated with either major party, that number is 15.6% while just 9.9% of Republicans are in the same situation."

'Why is this utterly unsurprising to me?'

What percent of these unemployed rats had worthless instant unemployment degrees or had dropped out high school or college after filling their brains with pcism/diversity and a sense of entitlement instead of a work ethic.

The sense of entitlement versus a work ethic drives our younger relatives bonkers as the managers/ supervisors of these 'Entitled ones'.

So many of the independents spend their lives avoiding really looking at what the political parties represent. So they vote for 0b0z0 out of White Guilt and hoping for change. They got the change and little hope. They never listened to the socialism and redistribution of their wealth that 0b0z0 was promising his diversity driven voters.

15 posted on 11/19/2009 9:20:34 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Does 0b0z0 have any friends, who aren't traitors, spies, tax cheats and criminals?)
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To: wny

I wonder if Democrats will pass “civil rights legislation” forbidding employment discrimination for political views?

Nothing surprises me anymore.


16 posted on 11/19/2009 9:21:34 AM PST by listenhillary (A "cult of personality" arises when a leader uses mass media creating idealized/heroic public image)
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To: Truth is a Weapon

You beat me to the same conclusion.


17 posted on 11/19/2009 9:22:23 AM PST by listenhillary (A "cult of personality" arises when a leader uses mass media creating idealized/heroic public image)
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To: markomalley

The Democrats/liberals I know are more likely to exhaust their unemployment benefits before even attempting to find work.

The Conservatives I know immediately seek employment before even attempting to file for unemployment.


18 posted on 11/19/2009 9:23:00 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: markomalley

Those Democrats should go back and finish grade school, then they might have a shot at working flipping burgers.


19 posted on 11/19/2009 9:24:42 AM PST by rbosque (10 year Freeper!)
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To: markomalley; SmithL; Ernest_at_the_Beach; tubebender; SierraWasp; BOBTHENAILER; Liz; ...

Another factor is the rapid unemployment of city, county and state employees. Many states are at the edge of the bankruptcy precipice, and they have been slicing off the newer union thugs working for them.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2389889/posts

The State Worker: Budget forecast shows things could go from bad to worse
SacBee: State Worker ^ | 11/19/9 | Jon Ortiz

Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2009 7:45:19 AM by SmithL

More grim news Wednesday for state workers: California’s general fund faces a $21 billion deficit through the middle of 2011. The red ink could flow for years to come, according to a forecast by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office.

The state’s 200,000 or so workers, already taking a 15 percent pay hit from three furlough days per month, knew this was coming. What does the state’s rotten financial picture mean to them?

• Real job cuts. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger already has ordered 7,000 jobs eliminated from the deficit-ridden general fund. And as this column reported a few months ago, the administration has run scenarios cutting another 5,000.

Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Rachel Arrezola said Wednesday that it’s “likely” that the governor will look at employee compensation expenses as part of a wide range of cuts for the 2010-11 budget.

• Fewer transfer options. In the past, a state worker facing layoff could figure on sliding into an open position safe from budget whacking. But the state’s finances have been so bad for so long that many departments swept out their vacant slots and have tightened hiring.


20 posted on 11/19/2009 9:26:29 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Does 0b0z0 have any friends, who aren't traitors, spies, tax cheats and criminals?)
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To: SnakeDoctor

As a small business owner, I see the storm on the horizon. Almost daily, someone asks if we’re hiring. But due to the increased costs of employees and not knowing if I’ll be able to pass these costs on to customers, I can’t afford to hire now.
But recently, after greeting an applicant with ‘How you doing?’, he replied, “Better than I deserve.”
Now, that guy is working, but he doesn’t have a ‘job’.
A few of us pay him for various tasks, but if this turns around we’ll probably be fighting to keep him permanently, if he doesn’t turn this process into his own business.


21 posted on 11/19/2009 9:34:53 AM PST by griswold3 (You think health care is expensive now? Just wait till it's FREE!)
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To: Never on my watch

Democrats & Unaffiliateds More Likely To Be

- illegal aliens
- urban and rootless
- renting or leasing, and not owning
- uneducated or liberal-arts brainwashed
- female or minority
- substance abusers
- atheistic or anti-religious
- homosexuals and lesbians
- labor union members


22 posted on 11/19/2009 9:35:41 AM PST by flowerplough ( Pennsylvania today - New New Jersey meets North West Virginia.)
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To: SnakeDoctor

Conservatives, whether they claim the name of Christ or not, tend to follow His ethics, as this is the basis of our value system.

2 Thessalonians 3:10
For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”

Ephesians 4:28
28He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.


23 posted on 11/19/2009 9:38:42 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: griswold3

>> But recently, after greeting an applicant with ‘How you doing?’, he replied, “Better than I deserve.”

He’s clearly a Dave Ramsey listener (that’s a Ramsey response).

Rush may be the ideological leader of conservatism ... but Dave Ramsey is the living model of applied conservatism. Rush has the ideas right — but to emulate his life will send you in the wrong direction. Ramsey leads a life worth emulating.

SnakeDoc


24 posted on 11/19/2009 9:42:25 AM PST by SnakeDoctor ("Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much." -- John Wayne)
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To: markomalley
Democrats & Unaffiliateds More Likely To Be Unemployed Than Republicans

Democrats & Unaffiliateds More Likely To Be Sucking On The Public Teat Than Republicans

25 posted on 11/19/2009 9:42:26 AM PST by Iron Munro (I carry a gun because I'm too young to die and too old to take another beating.)
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To: listenhillary

I was just wondering the same thing.
I listen to Rush in the office.
Someone came in asking if we were hiring, and in the next breath, he ranted about how hateful, evil, etc, Rush was.
Wasn’t it apparent to him that if he felt that way, we couldn’t work together?
I have Democrats as employees but we don’t discuss politics.


26 posted on 11/19/2009 9:43:43 AM PST by griswold3 (You think health care is expensive now? Just wait till it's FREE!)
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To: griswold3

It is nice that we have code phases isn’t it? Shhh!


27 posted on 11/19/2009 9:45:03 AM PST by listenhillary (A "cult of personality" arises when a leader uses mass media creating idealized/heroic public image)
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To: SnakeDoctor; griswold3

That “challenge/response” is a pretty good code for the worldview of the person you’re talking to.

Dave Ramsey says that if the pizza delivery guy answers it “correctly”, you should tip him extra, because he’s working an extra job in order to be financially responsible,

and he’s not going to go blow it on a sixpack.


28 posted on 11/19/2009 9:45:10 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: markomalley
You can be CERTAIN that this statistical fact will become the reason for more hatred from the left, as they contemplate the maddening UNFAIRNESS of it all.

"If someone has more than me, THEY CHEATED! And it's NOT FAIR!"

29 posted on 11/19/2009 9:46:03 AM PST by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: MrB

My wife and I are going to see Dave live in Houston in January. I’ve read a couple of his books ... but am looking forward to the live show.

Live like no one else ...

SnakeDoc


30 posted on 11/19/2009 9:47:17 AM PST by SnakeDoctor ("Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much." -- John Wayne)
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To: SnakeDoctor

I listen to Dave Ramsey whenever I get a chance.
“Live like no one else so that you can live like no one else.”

PSS I also bought a Hustler zero turn mower from a gentlemen who gave me the ‘Better than I deserve’ greeting. But he did give me a great deal and I paid cash.


31 posted on 11/19/2009 9:49:34 AM PST by griswold3 (You think health care is expensive now? Just wait till it's FREE!)
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To: 1scrappymom

The cure for Socialism is to keep as many Democrats as possible unemployed for as long as possible.


32 posted on 11/19/2009 9:49:49 AM PST by gorilla_warrior (Metrosexual hairless RINOs for hopey-changey bipartisan-ness)
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To: markomalley

>> Democrats & Unaffiliateds More Likely To Be Unemployed Than Republicans

This is a lousy headline. “Dems & Unaff more likely than Republicans to be unemployed” makes sense ... ‘more likely to be unemployed than (to be) Republicans’ is probably not what they intended to say.

SnakeDoc


33 posted on 11/19/2009 9:49:54 AM PST by SnakeDoctor ("Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much." -- John Wayne)
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To: markomalley

I have a friend who is looking for a job. Among his many skills is that he is an expert on environmental regulation. I was working on his resume and told him “we have to figure out a subtle way to indicate on this resume that you a conservative without you coming out and saying it.”

Our concern is that no company is going to want to hire some environmental nut who spends his time bugging everyone about whether they are recycling. On the other hand, lots of companies need someone competent who can lead them through the maze of environmental regulations.


34 posted on 11/19/2009 9:51:48 AM PST by Our man in washington
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To: markomalley

Democrats, less likely to desire a job.


35 posted on 11/19/2009 10:23:27 AM PST by arthurus ("If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist." -Ann C.)
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To: Never on my watch
Democrats & Unaffiliateds More Likely To Be - on the public dole - government bureaucrats - community organizers - MSM reporters - all of the above

You forgot college professors and professional demonstrators.

36 posted on 11/19/2009 10:25:45 AM PST by arthurus ("If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist." -Ann C.)
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To: oldskuulconserv

Just shows that Republicans eat more sh*t.


37 posted on 11/19/2009 10:34:59 AM PST by Freddd (CNN is not credible.)
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To: Grampa Dave
THIS guy and his boss should be on the unemployment line... PRONTO!!!
38 posted on 11/19/2009 11:40:18 AM PST by SierraWasp (AARP is guilty of Elder Abuse by endorsing a law that eliminates Medicare Advantaqe plans!!!)
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To: markomalley

Good!

I hope they suffer miserably.


39 posted on 11/20/2009 3:49:26 PM PST by fwdude (It is not the liberals who will destroy this country, but the "moderates.")
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