The latest Wall Street Journal Poll can’t be good news for the Dems, and if the trends hold true for 5 more months (and given the way the Dems are behaving, why not?), Connecticut may be one of the few states to put Democrats back in power. I’ll take that. It will be fun to see John Larson’s group become the party of “No”.
Republicans have solidified support among voters who had drifted from the party in recent elections, putting the GOP in position for a strong comeback in November’s mid-term campaign, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.The findings suggest that public opinion has hardened in advance of the 2010 elections, making it tougher for Democrats to translate their legislative successes, or a tentatively improving U.S. economy, into gains among voters.
Republicans have reassembled their coalition by reconnecting with independents, seniors, blue-collar voters, suburban women and small town and rural voters—all of whom had moved away from the party in the 2006 elections, in which Republicans lost control of the House. Those voter groups now favor GOP control of Congress.
Make no mistake. The Tea Party has made a huge difference by drawing attention to a government that has grown too big, too intrusive, too expensive, too too. But a word of warning to Republicans. Don’t you dare puff up your chests and think this is anything you did. This is what we did and the poll confirms that.
Just 30% in the survey said they felt positively about the Republican Party—a smaller share than for the Democratic Party and the tea party movement.
Of those who want to see Republicans control the House, less than one-third said that was because they support the GOP and its candidates.
Rather, nearly two-thirds said they were motivated by opposition to Mr. Obama and Democratic policies.
It looks like Republicans have gained strength simply because they are not Democrats. Still, that’s how Obama got elected. He wasn’t George Bush. That’s an OK start, but it means that if Republicans do indeed regain power it will be incumbent (no pun intended) upon them to listen to the people who put them in power this time, or face the same fate as the Democrats.
Of the people, by the people.
AP at Hot Air asks an interesting question. I’ll make it my poll.
Given the fact that Latinos are angry about Arizona’s law and yet the enthusiasm gap is still +20 for the GOP, what’s left in The One’s bag of tricks to goose liberal turnout this year? Immigration and cap and trade seem likely to do nothing but energize more conservatives. Time for Obama, Reid, and Pelosi to dial down their agenda this year? Or