Which quotation from an article about a study of the importance of swing voters to presidential candidates would challenge this student’s claim?
A student is writing an essay about the importance of addressing the needs and concerns of “swing voters” in presidential elections. Swing voters are those voters who may not be affiliated with a particular political party or who are willing to vote across party lines. The student claims that presidential hopefuls should pay close attention to the concerns of swing voters so they can work to convince those independent voters to cast their ballot a particular way.
Retrieved from: http://esciencenews.com/articles/2016/08/17/study.finds.views.swing.voters.do.not.matter.much.presidential.candidates
“A new study out today finds that … neither party’s candidates are more than minimally responsive to the preferences of the swing voters whose views define the center of the political spectrum.”
“‘The idea that candidates’ positions reflect strategic compromises between the preferences of core partisans and swing voters fares poorly,’ Bartels wrote.”
“‘If extremism is a problem in presidential politics, it seems to be at least as much of a problem for Democrats as for Republicans,’ writes the study author, Larry M. Bartels of Vanderbilt University.”
“The parties’ respective bases have indeed become more polarized in recent years, with the Republican base making the more substantial shift.”
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