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The Post has many great reporters on the National, Style and Metro desks who can listen and get to know voters’ hearts and minds at the grass-roots level. As a former political reporter and junkie, here are some thoughts on areas I want to read about:
Female voters. Everyone wants them. Post polling director Jon Cohen could poll now on who they are — from hotel chambermaids to stay-at-home, churchgoing moms to high-powered business executives, of all ages and races and political persuasions. Who votes and who doesn’t? On what issues? Why do they favor one party over another, or no party at all? Another way to do this is to separate men and women and look at how differently they think as political activists and voters.
New immigrant voters. Are new citizens likely to lean Democratic, as Republicans fear? Can you discern party differences on the basis of where new citizens come from? Are Latin Americans more liberal? African-born citizens more conservative? They certainly can be on issues such as religion, abortion and gay rights. The Post writes frequently about how religion influences politics. Where will Muslim voters go?
Minorities. In this area, it would be