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WP Poll Respondents Hopelessly Uninformed

From the DNC’s lickspittle minions at the Washington Post:

Poll Finds Americans Pessimistic, Want Change

War, Economy, Politics Sour Views of Nation’s Direction

By Dan Balz and Jon Cohen
Sunday, November 4, 2007; A01

One year out from the 2008 election, Americans are deeply pessimistic and eager for a change in direction from the agenda and priorities of President Bush, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Concern about the economy, the war in Iraq and growing dissatisfaction with the political environment in Washington all contribute to the lowest public assessment of the direction of the country in more than a decade. Just 24 percent think the nation is on the right track, and three-quarters said they want the next president to chart a course that is different than that pursued by Bush.

Overwhelmingly, Democrats want a new direction, but so do three-quarters of independents and even half of Republicans. Sixty percent of all Americans said they feel strongly that such a change is needed after two terms of the Bush presidency.

Dissatisfaction with the war in Iraq remains a primary drag on public opinion, and Americans are increasingly downcast about the state of the economy. More than six in 10 called the war not worth fighting, and nearly two-thirds gave the national economy negative marks. The outlook going forward is also bleak: About seven in 10 see a recession as likely over the next year

At this point, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), the Democratic front-runner, holds the edge in hypothetical match-ups with four of the top contenders for the Republican nomination…

Clinton finds herself atop all candidates in terms of strong favorability — in the poll, 28 percent said they feel strongly favorable toward her…

Overall, the public’s sour mood is evident not only in the desire for a change in direction but also in assessments of those who control the reins of power in Washington…

In follow-up interviews, people were quick to find fault with what they see in Washington and to express their desire for something different. “I think Bush has been extremely polarizing to the country,” said Amber Welsh, a full-time mother of three young children who lives in Davis, Calif…

Whatever their dissatisfaction with the Democrats, however, a majority of Americans, 54 percent, said they want the party to emerge from the 2008 election in control of Congress

The Democratic Party holds double-digit leads over the GOP as the party most trusted to handle the three most frequently cited issues for 2008: Iraq, health care and the economy. The Democratic advantages on immigration and taxes are narrower, and the parties are at rough parity on terrorism, once a major Republican strong point.

There are other signs suggesting that the political landscape has become less favorable to Republicans than it was at the beginning of Bush’s presidency. By 50 percent to 44 percent, Americans said they favor smaller government with fewer services over bigger government with more services — long a key Republican argument. But support for smaller government is significantly lower than it was before both the 2000 and 2002 elections.

In the new poll, support for allowing same-sex civil unions is up significantly from 2004. A majority of respondents, 55 percent, now support giving homosexual couples some of the legal rights of married heterosexuals.

There is a more even divide on another hot-button issue: Fifty-one percent would support a program giving illegal immigrants now living in the United States the right to live here legally if they pay a fine and meet other requirements; 44 percent would oppose that…

Let’s see. We have clearly turned a corner in Iraq and appear by all measures to be winning the peace.

The US economy has now experienced six years of uninterrupted growth, averaging more than 2.8 percent a year since 2001. The stock market is higher than ever.

Real after-tax per capita personal income has risen by 12.7 percent, an average of over $3,800 per person, since Mr. Bush took office.

Unemployment has been at lower rate than Clinton claimed possible for years. There has been job growth for fifty months, the longest period on record.

And yet the respondents to this poll believed we the Democrats would do a better job handling the war and the economy — and of course health care.

More amazingly still, the Post claims that those polled are concerned about the negative tone in Washington. But they nevertheless intend to vote for Democrats (like Pelosi and Reid) and elect the woman who invented the politics of personal destruction President.

And lo and behold, the poll finds that a majority just happen to be for bigger government, gay marriage, amnesty for illegals — and every other issue that the Democrats and their media lackeys like the Washington Post endlessly espouse.

What’s not to believe?


S&L’s Gila Monster has pointed out in a comment that while the Washington Post failed to reveal the demographics behind this poll, their partners in crime at ABC did manage to provide a link (pdf file).

And lo and behold, page 7 of the report reveals that this WP/ABC poll over-sampled both blacks and Democrats.

Out of the 1,131 adults polled, 598 called themselves Democrats or Democrat-leaning independents and only 436 identified themselves as Republican or Republican leaning independents.

Gee, what a surprise.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, November 4th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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