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.