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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

GOP Losing The Porkulus Battle, But Winning The War?

Generic Congressional Ballot Parties Now Neck-and-Neck on Generic Congressional Ballot Are Republicans winning the public relations battle over spending in the $800-billion-plus economic stimulus package? Democrats and Republicans are nearly even in this week's edition of the Generic Congressional Ballot.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone surveys found that the Democrats' lead is down to just one percentage point. Forty percent (40%) of voters said they would vote for their district's Democratic candidate while 39% said they would choose the Republican.

This marks the lowest level of support for the Democrats in tracking history and is the closest the two parties have been on the generic ballot.

Only four percent (4%) said they would vote for a candidate from another political party.

Last week , 42% said they would support their Democratic candidate, and 38% said they would vote Republican.

Over the past year, Democratic support has ranged from a low of 40% to a high of 50%. In that same time period, Republicans have been preferred by 34% to 41% of voters nationwide.

Voters not affiliated with either party support the GOP more by a 34% to 28% margin, while another 29% are undecided. Twelve percent (12%) of Democratic voters say they would vote for a member of the opposite party, while 8% of Republicans say the same.


My Thoughts

While the "Porkulus" Bill gets rammed through Congress by Obama and the Democrats, support for the GOP has quietly risen over the length of the bill's debate.

With the people's support for the bill dropping like a stone in most polls, people are starting to show signs of disenchantment with the Democrats in Congress. Obama is still on his honeymoon with the voters, but recent cabinet tax and lobbyist scandals have taken some of the shine of his presidency. In time, this might catch up to him as well.

The Democrats tout the one poll that shows support for them while ignoring all of the others. According to a recent Gallup poll, Obama has a 67% approval rating for the way in which he is handling the government's efforts to pass an economic stimulus bill. Democrats in Congress have a 48% approval, and 31% for the GOP.

However, the Rassmussen polls have consistantly showed support going down. Gallup's own poll a couple weeks ago said that 54% of Americans think that the bill should be dramatically changed or completely killed.

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