Sunday, May 03, 2009

Rasmussen's Surprising Poll Finding

Yesterday a Rasmussen Reports review of its poll results for last week included this - - -

To be relevant in politics, you need either formal power or a lot of people willing to follow your lead. The governing Republicans in the nation’s capital have lost both on their continuing path to irrelevance, according to Scott Rasmussen’s analysis.

But then just 21% of GOP voters believe Republicans in Congress have done a good job representing their own party’s values.

Ironically, for just the second time in more than five years of tracking, Democrats have fallen below Republicans in the Generic Congressional Ballot. However, in April, for the second straight month, the number of Republicans in the nation fell by roughly half a percentage point. The number of Democrats remained unchanged from a month ago. …

Rasmussen's entire review’s here.

Folks, its no surprise that congressional Republicans are held in low esteem by most voters, including most GOP voters. MSM news orgs regularly report and “analyze” those findings. Their reports and “analysis” often include some reference to the GOP as a dying party.

But Rasmussen’s finding that Dems have fallen below the GOP on the Generic Congressional Ballot (other polls give a small edge to the Dems) will surprise many people.

What explains the finding?

For one thing, Congress as a whole has very low public approval ratings. Since the Dems run Congress voters, especially independents, very likely see a generic ballot party preference choice as a chance to register their disapproval of Congress by expressing a preference for the congressional GOP which, say what you will about its shortcomings (and they are many), at least isn't running Congress.

Something else: most voters have caught on to Congress’ culture of corruption; and they associate it with Dems such as Sen. Dodd, Reps. Rangel and other Dems who are getting rich and abusing the public trust in the name of serving "the little guy."

There’s more I could say but I want to get to other posts.

What do you think?


Anonymous said...


When Republicans start supporting a rational fiscal policy, they will win overwhelmingly.

When Mitch McConnell earmarks $75 million without a peep from his party, they have become part of the cancer.


Ken said...

Most Americans dislike members of Congress but make exception for their own member. Outside her district, Nancy Pelosi is widely disliked. The same is true of Republican leaders. But in their districts they are popular. Each uses his or her position to promote their district's interest. So they get reelected. And even more importantly they raise large sums of money, which they use to get supporters ( not of the Party's ideas, but of their leadership ) elected. Democrats and Republicans alike do this.

So long as we allow our votes to be bought with our money, nothing will change.