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The return of moderation

By Mary Fitzgerald  

A somewhat reassuring message from polling guru John Zogby: Americans are returning to centrist politics— in their droves.

Speaking yesterday at Chatham house, Zogby recalled how in 2004 political moderation in the US was “on sabbatical.” The climate was so hyper-partisan that a full 9 months before the election, only 5 per cent of voters said they were undecided. It was, he said, an “armaggeddon election.”

Just four years later, however, roughly 35 per cent of Americans are still undecided on how they will vote. And even among those who are committed, views have become more moderate. Rove’s right-wing Christian…

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