A New Coalition for the 1990s

Clinton wins with support that is more Western, more female, more single, more moderate and more white than past Democratic mosaics

For all the talk about trust, character and family values during the campaign, the issue that killed George Bush at the polls was the same issue that plagued him all year long: the economy. The country's anxiety over kitchen-table concerns allowed Bill Clinton to put together a coalition that is more diverse than any that has elected a Democrat since Lyndon Johnson's triumph three decades ago. Though Ross Perot's presence kept Clinton's popular vote under 50%, the Democratic coalition has the potential to endure much as < the Republican alliance did in five of the past six presidential elections.

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