The Numbers Going Down, Down, Down



Princeton, NJ — Amidst a swirl of public dissatisfaction
about the Iraq war, the economy, government corruption, and with
President Bush more generally, Americans went to the polls in November
2006 and voted enough Republicans out of office to give the Democrats
majority control of Congress. A year later, Americans are as negative
about the job Congress is doing as they were leading up to the 2006
midterm elections. And according to recent Gallup polling, Americans
are distinctly negative about the Democrats’ handling of several
front-burner policy issues.

The latest Gallup Panel survey, conducted Oct. 25-28, 2007, asked
Americans to say whether they are “pleased,” “neutral,” “disappointed,”
or “angry” about the way the Democrats in Congress have been dealing
with seven major issues confronting the nation.

Overall, relatively few Americans are pleased with the Democrats’
performance on any of them. This ranges from 7% for the federal budget
deficit to 17% for terrorism. Between 12% and 26% say they are angry
about the issues. However, most Americans fall in between, with the
plurality generally saying they are disappointed with congressional
Democrats’ performance on each.


When you look at the numbers the first thing that jumps out at you is the fact that Gallop actually combined the “pleased” and “neutral” groups together to get the positive score, which helps the Democrats quite a bit.  I mean come on, since when is “neutral” a positive?  I’m going to go right out and vote for the guy who gives me that neutral feeling….geez.  But even with that help the numbers are dismal for the Democrats.

Looking at the data you see that the main category of voters that helped the Democrats take Congress in 2006, the Independents, are more pissed off then anybody.  57 percent of Democrats are upset with Congress in their handling of Iraq while 72 percent of Independents are.  66 percent of them are upset with their handling of immigration, 60 percent on health care, 65 on the deficit. 

Mark Tapscott can see opportunity here but also warns everyone on the wider implications of the dissatisfaction:

Those figures indicate a wholesale failure on the part of the
Democratic majority in Congress to deliver on its two fundamental
promises in the 2006 election campaign, to clean up Republican
corruption in Washington and to change U.S. policy on Iraq.

before Republicans get too happy about seeing the Democrats abysmal
failure, I suggest the root of these numbers isn’t simply a
dissatisfaction with policy failures, but rather an indication of a
deeper disappointment borne of the widespread failure of Big Government.

have created a federal Leviathan that promises to deliver something for
everybody, with its regulations and taxation directing virtually every
corner of daily life. There is no way any government can do that, so
failures are inevitable. But over a period of time, as the failures in
particular arenas multiply, there comes a point when the many specific
failures merge into one general mood of dissatisfaction.

the next decade, as the seriousness of the entitlement crisis becomes
more evident, it is likely that the general dissatisfaction with
government that promises everything and delivers nothing but higher
taxes, more waste and policy paralysis is going to grow more intense
and deeper rooted.

The Socialist party….ugh, I mean the Democrat party, will continue to promise more and more entitlements, and do everything within their power to ensure their voters get those freebies by raising taxes, which, as this poll is starting to prove, will be their downfall.  That, and the fact that they spend all their time on idiotic stuff like this:

House Democrats pushed through a $50 billion bill for
the Iraq war Wednesday night that would require President Bush to start
bringing troops home in coming weeks with a goal of ending combat by
December 2008.

The legislation, passed 218-203, was largely a symbolic jab at Bush,
who already has begun reducing force levels but opposes a
congressionally mandated timetable on the war. And while the measure
was unlikely to pass in the Senate — let alone overcome a presidential
veto — Democrats said they wanted voters to know they weren’t giving up.

“The fact is, we can no longer sustain the military deployment in
Iraq,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. “Staying there in the
manner that we are there is no longer an option.”

Legislation that has no chance on being signed into law, and they know it.  But they keep doing it.  I mean 15 Democrats crossed the aisle to vote no on this latest one.  This is prove positive that the Democrat leadership is only interested in making it LOOK like they are appeasing their masters (MoveOn and the sort) to keep them off their backs.  The result…..nothing gets done.

And their numbers go down down down.

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Kos and 6 or 7 of the most left wing bloggers are joining efforts to run a slate of progressive (socialist) candidates mostly against dems in weak areas where it is high dem voters but they won last time by a hair.

That could distract the main stream Dem efforts somewhat.

Also it’s going to be Kos V Karl Rove at NewsWeek

Pelosi really had a hard time getting the Out of Iraq Now Caucus to go along on this bill again, they insist it is too soft.

Don’t know how much longer they will stick together without parting ways on this. Last three times it has been iffy and I really think they would split if they go back to the well one more time.