November 17, 2006

Polling shows Dem agenda enjoys wide approval

From data gathered by the respected Pew Research group, it's clear that the public backs the Democratic agenda and doesn't want a move to the right.

Not only that, but contrary to what DemGorilla has been advocating, and reinforcing my observations, the scientific poll showed that the public wants Democrats to "Stand up" to Bush by a large margin.
Democratic leaders should....
Work with President Bush:

Total: 55 Rep: 76 Dem: 42 Ind: 54

Stand up to President Bush:

Total: 36 Rep: 16 Dem: 51 Ind: 37

Combining Democrats and Independents shows that the two groups combined are nearly evenly split between "working with" and "standing up to" Bush, 48 to 44%. This hardly amounts to a mandate for moving to the right for Democrats.

And considering that "working with" Bush does not necessarily mean embracing his policies or going along with them, but simply working with the administration to achieve goals, which may be clearly Democratic goals, and it would appear that even most independents don't want the Democrats to lay down and roll over.

Considering Independent voters, the Pew Poll shows that they clearly want Democrats to take the lead in policy matters, even by a larger margin than in 1994 when the Republicans took over congress.

There's a lot of interesting data comparing the attitude of voters now versus after the "Republican Revolution" of '94, and it shows that the Dems are enjoying as much if not more support now than the Republicans did back then.


At 11/17/2006 12:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Using this polling data to show that you have some type of mandate is wacky. Why not pull out Bush's old data during the intital faze of 911 and use that as our guide?

Voters are fickled. If you rely on them to point the way, you'll end up going in circles.

What this country needs is leadership., and you don't find that on the left or the right, you finf leadership in the middle!

At 11/17/2006 1:29 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon 12:19

And who gets to pick where this "middle" is? You?

The polling isn't "wacky" either, and suggesting using polling from years ago would be the same is stupid, but of course you realize that.

Again, not sure why you're so paranoid, and frankly, I have no idea why you think the post above argues for leading anywhere but from the middle.

That's the point of the polls and the post above exactly. This "middle" which you worship fully supports Democratic positions and policy stances, and desires that the Dems stand up to Bush and the Republicans and push back and lead the country away from the utterly failed right wing policies and away from stupid ideological measures to pander to a very small "base" and instead start addressing the real problems facing average people in this country. People who don't give a damn if a couple gay guys 2000 miles away get married or not, but do care about how they're getting squeezed and screwed so badly that it's hard to get by and that Bush's cronies are busily stealing billions in war profiteering, finding out how the insurance and pharmaceutical industries have rigged things to screw the middle class, and on and on.

They want things put straight, and that does NOT mean more of the same "see-no-evil, speak-no-evil" bullshit that got us here in the first place.

At 11/17/2006 2:51 PM, Blogger demgorilla said...

Again, thanks Ms. Dope for mischaracterizing what I've written ad nauseum. Bear with me.
Democrats have been given a chance to lead, to govern. Our best shot is to build a values-based coaltion that is centrist, that appeals to independents who gave us the big win last week.

Nowhere in my strategy do I call for working w/out a spine. Nowhere in my strategy do I call for walking away from a battle with Bush. You misinterpret.

I have been saying we need to fight for new policies -- energy independence, jobs, education, changes in Iraq, deficit reduction -- instead of engaging in hyperinflated partisan rhetoric.
We need to prove to America we can govern, we can lead. That may involve standing up to Bush, that may involve working with Bush -- but that definitely involves leading with maturity and getting something done.

That's what Bill Clinton told the crowd in D.C. the other night. That's what Demgorilla has been saying for the past 48 hours. To quote David Ignatius this morning, "Democrats now have the opportunity the Republicans spurned, which is to build a broad coalition in the center and come once again the nation's governing party."


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