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Dem Advantage On Issues Not Translating To Polls

From the Washington Post:

Poll: Democrats’ advantage on key issues is not translating to a midterm-election edge

By Dan Balz and Scott Clement | March 3, 2014

The American people trust Democrats more than Republicans on some of the key issues of the day, but that has not translated into any political advantage in the battle for control of the House and Senate in this year’s midterm elections, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Midterm elections generally favor the party that does not hold the White House, which gives the GOP a head start this year…

The Post-ABC survey affirms those projections, showing Republicans in a stronger position than Democrats in the states with Senate races this fall and more than holding their own in the battle for control of the House. In the 34 states with Senate races, 50 percent of voters say they favor Republicans and 42 percent favor Democrats.

That is the case despite the Republican Party’s poor image nationally and its deficit on some important issues. About two in three Americans say the GOP is out of touch “with the concerns of most people in the United States today.”

Fewer than six in 10 Republicans say their party is in touch with the public, while four in 10 say the party is out of touch…

The poll shows broad dissatisfaction with Washington politicians. Just 22 percent say they are inclined to reelect their representatives in Congress. Almost seven in 10 Americans (68 percent) say they are inclined to look around for someone new this fall, the highest percentage recorded in a Post-ABC poll.

That does not mean the fall elections will mean defeat for significant numbers of House members…

So House Republicans are going to be re-elected, even though everyone hates them. Go figure.

Despite the problems with the health-care law’s implementation, Democrats maintain an edge over Republicans on which party Americans trust to deal with the issue, by a margin of 44 percent to 36 percent. Democrats hold advantages of the same size on energy and immigration. On helping the middle class, the Democrats have a 13-point advantage over the Republicans.

The public rates the two parties about evenly on handling the economy, dealing with taxes and managing the federal budget deficit…

Which just once again shows that such polls are completely worthless.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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