Despite those flaws, Politico did find a bit of interesting agreement between Washington’s elite and the rest of the land.

When asked to identify the most important issue facing the country, 52 percent of elites and 48 percent of respondents from the rest of the country identified the economy and jobs.
That’s encouraging—though “the economy and jobs” could mean different things to different people.

Well done to Politico for the good idea and the interesting poll, and the stark reminder that where you stand really does depend on where you sit.

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Holly Yeager is CJR's Peterson Fellow, covering fiscal and economic policy. She is based in Washington and reachable at holly.yeager@gmail.com.