tral feature of our electoral politics and an invitation to the formation
of negative coalitions that reinforce the incrementalist bent of our institutions. For now the decisive bloc of American voters, convinced with Madison that government is not inhabited by angels, seems content to
insist with him that ambition be made to counteract ambition.
Based on 1996 polling data, political analyst Paul Starobin argued just
before Election Day that voters were less "angry" than in 1992 or 1994, but had
not totally overcome the anxiousness that characterized them in the early 1990s. National Journal, November 2, 1996, 2339-2342.
In a March 1996 New York Times poll, 46 percent of Democrats and 40
percent of Republicans said they would like to see a third-party candidate
enter the race. Richard L. Berke, "With Dole Cashing In, Both Sides Say All
Bets Are Off for Fall," New York Times, March 14, 1996, B11.
Charles Krauthammer, "It's the Campaign, Stupid," The Weekly Standard, November 18, 1996, 13.
Richard Morin and
Mario A. Brossard, "Poll: Knew Early, Knew
Enough," Washington Post, November 15, 1996, A1.
For an account of the campaign's last few days, see " Bridge to 2000: The
Last Lap," Newsweek, November 18, 1996, 120.
CNN/TIME AllPolitics Vote '96, November 6, 1996.
San Diego Union Tribune, November 17, 1996.
The Hotline, November 8, 1996, 6. There is substantial academic literature
arguing this case in general, for example Ruy A. Teixeira, The Disappearing
American Voter ( Washington, D.C.: Brookings, 1992); Stephen Ansolabehere and Shanto Iyengar, Going Negative: How Attack Ads Shrink and Polarize the Electorate
( New York: The Free Press, 1995).
" TV Ratings, Final Chapter: Election is a Turnoff," The Hotline, November 8, 1996, 6.
Martin Walker, "Yawn Away From Victory," The Observer, October 6, 1996, T17.
For a presentation of the results of the polls in 1996, along with a
thought-provoking discussion of their performance and the possible effects,
see Everett C. Ladd, "The Pollsters' Waterloo," Wall Street Journal, November
19, 1996, A22.
See " What Voters Said Election Day," The Public Perspective, January/
February 1993, 90.
The data presented here are from the CNN/Time poll. Poll figures in
this chapter for the 1996 election are taken from either the CNN/Time poll or
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: Losing to Win:The 1996 Elections and American Politics.
Contributors: James W. Ceaser - Author, Andrew E. Busch - Author.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield.
Place of publication: Lanham, MD.
Publication year: 1997.
Page number: 172.
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