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« on: November 11, 2008, 07:47:32 pm »
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Wow, you'd expect this to poll badly at least.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/11/11/poll-finds-most-americans-welcome-dem-control/

WASHINGTON (CNN) It was one of John McCain's closing arguments: "We're getting a glimpse of what one-party rule would look like under Obama, Pelosi, and Reid. Apparently it starts with lowering our defenses and raising our taxes," the Republican presidential nominee said repeatedly on the campaign trail in the final weeks leading up to Election Day.

But a new national poll suggests why a majority of voters didn't seem to buy that argument, as Barack Obama beat McCain in the presidential election and the Democrats made major gains in both the House, under Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and the Senate, under Majority Leader Harry Reid.

In the CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Tuesday, 59 percent of those questioned said Democratic control of both the executive and legislative branches will be good for the country, compared with 38 percent saying such one-party control will be bad.

"That much good will from the public opens a window of opportunity for the Democrats," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "But the public expects results, and may not listen to excuses for very long if a Democratic Congress and a Democratic White House can't get their act together in time."

The poll also indicates that the public has a positive view of the Democratic Party, with 62 percent saying they have a favorable opinion and 31 percent an unfavorable opinion of the party. For the Republicans, a majority, 54 percent, said they have an unfavorable view of the GOP while 38 percent hold a positive view.


"The public has a positive view of the Democratic Party while the GOP 'brand' is hurting," Holland said. "Overall views of the Democratic Party have gone from 53 percent favorable in October to 62 percent favorable now; the GOP overall has seen a 5-point drop in its favorable rating."

The 62 percent figure is the "the highest opinion of the Democrats in at least 16 years, since before Bill Clinton got elected," said CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider.

"When has the Republican Party image ever been that bad? Answer: When the Republican Congress impeached President Clinton at the end of 1998," he added.

The poll indicates the public is split regarding the top Democrats in Congress. And that's an improvement.

"Democratic congressional leaders, much maligned this fall, have also seen a boost in their approval rating," Holland said. "Nearly half of those polled now approve of how congressional Democrats are handling their job, up from just a third who felt that way a month ago."

Schneider added, "Same thing happens when you ask them about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Good-bad, 50-50, among voters who even know who they are."

It's a different story for the GOP, with just 24 percent approving of how Republican leaders are handling their jobs and nearly three in four disapproving.

But that doesn't mean the public wants to see the GOP shut out of government. Seven out of eight want the Democrats to include Republican views in any legislation they pass.

"What about those times, and they will occur, when Barack Obama and the Democratic leaders in Congress disagree," asked Holland. "The public is likely to side with Obama: 59 percent say they are more likely to trust him than the congressional Democrats."

With Senate contests in Alaska, Georgia, and Minnesota still unresolved, the Democrats have increased from 51 to 57 seats in the 100-seat chamber. That includes two independent senators, Joe Lieberman and Bernie Saunders, who caucus with the Democrats.

In the House of Representatives, the Democrats have picked up 20 seats, reaching 255, with six out of 435 races still undecided.

"There's an opening here for a new Democratic majority. But it's just that, an opening," Schneider said. "It all depends on how President Obama does. And whether he can overcome the red-blue divide in the country something neither of the baby-boomer presidents, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, could do."

The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday, with 1,246 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.
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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2008, 07:53:16 pm »
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Be careful what you wish for, folks.
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2008, 07:55:32 pm »
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Remember who is most likely to respond to polls after an election in which one side wins and the other loses...
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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2008, 08:02:34 pm »
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Remember who is most likely to respond to polls after an election in which one side wins and the other loses...

The question was "soft" too -in the way the Congressional preferences ones favored the Democrats too.

If you asked "do you want one-party Democratic rule" - you'd get less favorable answers.

It's also of all adults, which should favor the Democrats.
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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2008, 09:17:53 pm »
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Good stuff.
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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2008, 10:05:39 pm »
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Remember who is most likely to respond to polls after an election in which one side wins and the other loses...

Yeah, the people who didn't Epic Fail.
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« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2008, 10:11:45 pm »
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Why not? The Democratic party shuts out the far right and the far left. The Republican party shuts out the far left, the left, the center-left, the middle, and the center-right. If someone wants to make a non-horrible opposition party, they should do so, but the Republican party deserves zero power.
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« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2008, 10:19:57 am »
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I wish the two major parties (if we are destined to have only two) were the Democratic Party and a liberal party.
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« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2008, 11:36:12 am »
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I wish the two major parties (if we are destined to have only two) were the Democratic Party and a liberal party.

Yeah, it'd be nice if people I significantly disagreed with didn't exist too.
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Well, better a center-left party and a center party in Eraserhead's wishes than a far-right party and a center party like we have now.
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Well, better a center-left party and a center party in Eraserhead's wishes than a far-right party and a center party like we have now.

You know, if you're going to do the judging-American-party-placement-on-international-grounds thing, you really sure can't call the GOP "far-right."  Have you seen what kind of real far-right parties they have in Europe?
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Well, better a center-left party and a center party in Eraserhead's wishes than a far-right party and a center party like we have now.

You know, if you're going to do the judging-American-party-placement-on-international-grounds thing, you really sure can't call the GOP "far-right."  Have you seen what kind of real far-right parties they have in Europe?

Those are just fringe parties though and the GOP has people who would fit right in with them (Tom Tancredo comes to mind.)
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Well, better a center-left party and a center party in Eraserhead's wishes than a far-right party and a center party like we have now.

You know, if you're going to do the judging-American-party-placement-on-international-grounds thing, you really sure can't call the GOP "far-right."  Have you seen what kind of real far-right parties they have in Europe?

There are plenty of GOP politicians that would be right at home in the FN in France or the PVV in the Netherlands. They're probably not as extreme as openly fascist parties like the British National Party or that Neo-Nazi German party (the NPD or something?). And yes, there are of course some Republicans who are merely center-right, but they don't lead their party and they would never win a presidential primary.
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« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2008, 03:13:54 pm »
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And after 4-8 years of "more of the same" it will be the same for the Republicans as well.
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Well, better a center-left party and a center party in Eraserhead's wishes than a far-right party and a center party like we have now.

You know, if you're going to do the judging-American-party-placement-on-international-grounds thing, you really sure can't call the GOP "far-right."  Have you seen what kind of real far-right parties they have in Europe?

There are plenty of GOP politicians that would be right at home in the FN in France or the PVV in the Netherlands. They're probably not as extreme as openly fascist parties like the British National Party or that Neo-Nazi German party (the NPD or something?). And yes, there are of course some Republicans who are merely center-right, but they don't lead their party and they would never win a presidential primary.

wait a minute...do you wish to imply that McCain is "far-right"?
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Well, better a center-left party and a center party in Eraserhead's wishes than a far-right party and a center party like we have now.

You know, if you're going to do the judging-American-party-placement-on-international-grounds thing, you really sure can't call the GOP "far-right."  Have you seen what kind of real far-right parties they have in Europe?

There are plenty of GOP politicians that would be right at home in the FN in France or the PVV in the Netherlands. They're probably not as extreme as openly fascist parties like the British National Party or that Neo-Nazi German party (the NPD or something?). And yes, there are of course some Republicans who are merely center-right, but they don't lead their party and they would never win a presidential primary.

Emphasis on "some."
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Well, better a center-left party and a center party in Eraserhead's wishes than a far-right party and a center party like we have now.

You know, if you're going to do the judging-American-party-placement-on-international-grounds thing, you really sure can't call the GOP "far-right."  Have you seen what kind of real far-right parties they have in Europe?

There are plenty of GOP politicians that would be right at home in the FN in France or the PVV in the Netherlands. They're probably not as extreme as openly fascist parties like the British National Party or that Neo-Nazi German party (the NPD or something?). And yes, there are of course some Republicans who are merely center-right, but they don't lead their party and they would never win a presidential primary.

Emphasis on "some."
And those "some" control the party.

Well, better a center-left party and a center party in Eraserhead's wishes than a far-right party and a center party like we have now.

You know, if you're going to do the judging-American-party-placement-on-international-grounds thing, you really sure can't call the GOP "far-right."  Have you seen what kind of real far-right parties they have in Europe?

There are plenty of GOP politicians that would be right at home in the FN in France or the PVV in the Netherlands. They're probably not as extreme as openly fascist parties like the British National Party or that Neo-Nazi German party (the NPD or something?). And yes, there are of course some Republicans who are merely center-right, but they don't lead their party and they would never win a presidential primary.

wait a minute...do you wish to imply that McCain is "far-right"?
Considering that he ran against progressive taxation, yes.
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« Reply #17 on: November 18, 2008, 02:33:58 am »
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I don't think most of the GOP leadership would exactly be comfortable in the Swiss right, but whatevs.
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I don't think most of the GOP leadership would exactly be comfortable in the Swiss right, but whatevs.

What? McCain would be fine in the Conservative Democratic Party of Switzerland. And even the Swiss People's Party would be a perfect fit for people like Tom Tancredo.
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