Why Voters (and Politicians) Are Anxious

Terrorism and war may be dominating the debate in Washington, but step outside the Beltway, and politicians will tell you that voters have other things on their mind. G.O.P. pollster David Winston says the group of swing voters to watch this year is the one he calls "maxed-out moms," the married women with children who were a big part of George W. Bush's re-election in 2004 but are now anxious and angry. What they want, he says, is relief from the squeeze of higher health-care bills, skyrocketing gas prices, credit-card debt, higher property taxes and college costs.

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