People want Democrats to control Congress after this fall's elections

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  1. By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press Writer Alan Fram, Associated Press Writer – Sat May 15, 10:28 am ET

    WASHINGTON – People want Democrats to control Congress after this fall's elections, a shift from April, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll released Saturday. But the margin is thin and there's a flashing yellow light for incumbents of both parties: Only about one-third want their own lawmakers re-elected.

    The tenuous 45 percent to 40 percent preference for a Democratic Congress reverses the finding a month ago on the same question: 44 percent for Republicans and 41 percent for Democrats. The new readout came as the economy continued showing signs of improvement and the tumultuous battle over the health care law that President Barack Obama finally signed in March faded into the background.

    "To the extent that Democrats can focus on job creation rather than health care, they tend to do better," said Jack Pitney, a political scientist at California's Claremont McKenna College.

    Democrats hold a 254-177 majority over Republicans in the House, with four vacancies, while Democrats control 59 of the Senate's 100 seats, counting support from two independents. Despite those disadvantages, the GOP has gained political momentum in recent months and its leaders hope to win control of at least one chamber of Congress this November.

    Compared with the last AP-GfK poll in April, the survey showed Republicans losing some support among married women, a key component of many GOP victories. Democrats picked up ground among young and rural voters.

    "I'm a new Democrat," said Harley Smithson, 51, of Baltimore, who said he had recently switched from the GOP. "I want to be with a party that's for something instead of against everything."

    Even so, the poll underscores that the political environment remains ominous for Democrats.

    Just 35 percent say the country is heading in the right direction, the lowest measured by the AP-GfK survey since a week before Obama took office in January 2009. His approval rating remains at 49 percent, as low as it's been since he become president.

    Congressional Democrats win approval from only 37 percent, though congressional Republicans score an even drearier 31 percent. Democrats and Republicans are about evenly trusted to handle the economy, an issue Democrats once dominated and one that is crucial at a time when the country's job situation, though brightening, remains grim.

    Only 36 percent said they want their own member of Congress to win re-election this fall, a noteworthy drop from the 43 percent who said so in April and the lowest AP-GfK poll measurement this year. Much of the restiveness seems to be among Republicans: While Democrats were about equally divided on the question, Republicans expressed a preference for a new face by a 2-to-1 margin.

    "I want to send a message to Washington loud and clear that I'm not happy, I'm really unhappy, both with Republicans and Democrats," said Diane Mullens, 54, of Huntsville, Ala. "If that means I have to vote everybody out and make a stand with my one vote, I'll do it."

    The poll was conducted more than two weeks after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill began and during the weekend of the abortive car bomb attack on Times Square in New York. The survey detected no significant changes in the public's trust in Obama for his handling of the environment or terrorism.

    In recent days, the anti-incumbent wave has already spelled defeat in party primaries for a pair of Washington fixtures: Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, and Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va. Other veterans such as Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., have announced their retirements, and Sens. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., and Arlen Specter, D-Pa., face primary challenges Tuesday that could add them to the political casualty list.

    Among those most eager to turn incumbents out of office are the one in four who called themselves supporters of the conservative tea party movement. Two-thirds say they want a new person representing them in Washington, compared with half of everyone else.

    "The Republican Party has more or less left me," said Mike Miller, 40, of Republic, Mo., a tea party backer who wants a new member of Congress. "Everybody's shifted to the left."

    The AP-GfK Poll was conducted May 7-11 by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media. It involved cell and landline telephone interviews with 1,002 randomly chosen adults and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.
     
  2. This is certaily good news.


    On the presidential side Gallop has Obama at 51 % and Rasmussen which usually has Obama 10 points lower then other pollsters has Obama at 48 %

    Improving economy,the republicans being more bold with their racism,being the party of no and no ideas l etc is great for Democrats


    Go Democrats 2010 and 2012 :)
     
  3. Look for this thread to get about 12 one star (worst) in the ET rating system...

    No matter what the reality is, the ET goons will think their vote on the ET ratings system, AKA, the ET political popularity system, allows them to feel they are actually making a difference...that they have a voice, that their "vote" matters...

    Another brilliant idea by management to increase the number of hits on ET...
     
  4. Lucrum

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    "Congressional Incumbents in Trouble
    Source: Washington Post | April 29, 2010

    Members of Congress face the most anti-incumbent electorate since 1994, with less than a third of all voters saying they are inclined to support their representatives in November, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Dissatisfaction is widespread, crossing party lines, ideologies and virtually all groups of voters."
     
  5. I think we can all agree that around half of all voters are too dumb to be allowed to brush their own teeth. We just would disagree over which half.
     
  6. Thanks to Bush and Palin we know for sure which half you're referring to



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  7. The half that thinks the country would be better off if this guy had won also makes it clear the half who cant tell their asshole from a hole in the ground



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  8. we want a third party,,dems outta controls just like reps outta control,,both parties foolish,
     
  9. Lucrum

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  10. Hello

    Hello

    LOL thx for the post that is one of the funniest things i have ever heard. Probably sums up most dems, they all think that their welfare cheque and all the money they leech off the government actually comes from Obamas pocket.

     
    #10     May 15, 2010