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Friday, July 14, 2006

POLL: AMERICANS WANT DEMOCRATS IN POWER




WASHINGTON (AP)---Republicans are in jeopardy of losing their grip on Congress in November. With less than four months to the midterm elections, the latest Associated Press-Ipsos poll found that Americans by an almost 3-to-1 margin hold the GOP-controlled Congress in low regard and profess a desire to see Democrats wrest control after a dozen years of Republican rule.

Further complicting the GOP outlook to turn things around is a solid percentage of liberals, moderates and even conservsatives who say they'll vote Democratic. The party out of power also holds the edge among persuadable voters, a prospect that doesn't bode well for Republicans.

The election ultimately will be decided in 435 House districts and 33 Senate contests, in which incumbents typically hold the upper hand. But the survey underscored the difficulty Republicans face in trying to persuade a skeptical public to return them to Washington.

The AP-Ipsos poll of 1,000 adults conducted Monday through Wednesday found that President Bush has stopped his political freefall, with his approval rating of 36% basiclly unchanged from last month. Bush received slightly higher marks for his handling of the Iraq war and the fight against terrorism, weeks after his surprise trip to Baghdad and the killing of Iraqi terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in a U.S. airstrike last month.

But a Democratic takeover of either the House or Senate would be disastrous for the president, leaving both his agenda for the last two years in office and the chairmanship of investigative committees in the hands of the opposition party. To seize control of Congress, the Democrats must displace 15 Republicans from House seats and six Republicans from the Senate.

The AP-Ipsos survey asked 789 registered voters if the election for the House were held today, would they vote for the Democratic or Republican candidate in their district. Democrats were favored 51% tp 40%.

Not surprisingly, 81% of self-described liberals said they would vote for the Democrat. Among moderates, though, 56% backed a Democrat in their district and almost a quarter of conservatives---24%---said they will vote Democratic.

Democrats also held the advantage among persuadable voters---those who are undecided or wouldn't say whom they prefer. A total of 51% said they were leaning Democrat, while 41% were leaning Republican.

"We still have wind in our face. It's midterm election in the president's second term," said Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-NY), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. "Today is a little bit better in the atmospherics of Washington that it was maybe a month ago."

***That's only because Iraq is being kept out of the news. Come on, what do you think, we're stupid? Wasn't someone from the Bush Administration just out in Lebanon and Israel? Now, all of a sudden Israel is attacking everyone! Give us a break. Cheney has seriously wanted to go after Iran and Syria. That is why his daughter, who works for the State Dept. was given such a huge budget for her doings in Iran and Syria!

The president's party historically has lost seats in the sixth year of his service. Frankiln D. Roosevelt lost 72 House seats in 1938; Dwight D. Eisenhower 48 in 1958. The exception was Bill Clinton in 1998.

***That's because the Republican party has been planning their big takeover for a while. They needed to be the majority so that they could do everything that has been done since the year 2000! That's why they picked "knot-head" to represent the U.S. as our president. They knew that he was too stupid to understand exactly what was happening behinf his back. And he still doesn't understand what his party is doing! He's a laughing stock!

By another comparison, polls in 1994---when a Republican tidal wave swept Democrats from power---the two parties were in a dead heat in July on the question of whom voters preferred in their district.

"It comes down to a fairly simple question: Can Democrats nationalize all the elections? If Republicans prevent that, they have a shot. If they don't, they lose," said Doug Gross, the GOP gubernatorial candidate in Iowa in 2002 and the state finance director for the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign.

Overall, only 27% approved of the way Congress is doing its job. Lawmakers get favorable marks from 36% of conservatives, 28% of moderates and 17% of liberals.

Some criticism of Congress has focused on lawmakers' inability to control spending, with lawmakers tucking in special projects for their home districts.

***Yeah! Like Denny Hastert, (R-IL)!

"They used to say there's nothing worse than a tax-and-spend liberal Democrat," said Gary Wilson, 51, a self-described liberal from Gaithersburg, Md. "There is something worse: It's a borrow-and-spend Republican. This is going to come back to haunt us."

One bright spot for the GOP is that Republicans hold an advantage over Democrats on issues such as foreign policy and fighting terrorism---43% to 33%---and a smaller edge on handling Iraq---36% to 32%.

***The 3 things that the Republicans are the woRst at and they hold an advantage? You need to wake up people. Well....I guess after months of trying to pound it in our heads with their speeches, but never showing us the true facts, some people might have a tendencyto believe the Republicans! THE STUPID ONES!

The AP-Ipsos poll was conducted after the divisive Democratic debate in the Senate over setting a timetable for withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq. Potential voters were paying attention to the GOP complaint that Democrats want to "cut and run."

***That's because they were paying attention to the wrong thing! The Dems don't want to cut and run. They want to go about Iraq in a different way! These are the types of people who vote for Republicans. They only read the headlines and not the entire story! They should start paying more attention and not listen to what somebody else tells them. Open your eyes, and find out what is happening for yourselves. They ususally put the wrong people into office and wonder what happened!

"It seems like the Democrats want to pull out or start to pull out, and I don't think that's the correct thing to do," said Eric Bean, 24, a college minister in Fort Worth, Texas. "I'd much rather see a Congress that would support out president. I think George Bush is doing the best he can. I think Republicans will support him."

***There's a time to admit that you were "completely wrong!" This country wouldn't exist if they didn't share differences of opinions. But NOOO! Not with this administration. This isn't showing strength! But Bush is showing the rest of the world how beat up our military is!

John Dendahl, the Republican candidate for governor in New Mexico, said Democrats, with the help of some Republicans, have been successful at obstructing legislation in Congress while heaping the blame on the GOP.

***Hey, whose the majority in Washington? You can't blame any of this on the Democrats!

Tom Courtney, a Democratic state senator in Iowa, said U.S. voters are ready to trust his party to lead.

"I honestly think it's ours to lose," Coutney said. "My experience, we're not above that. Americans are ready for change."

The poll of adults had a margin of error of 3 percentage points and the survey of registered voters had a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.


Source of Information: Las Vegas SUN:
By: Donna Cassata/Associated Press
July 14, 2006

Associated Press writers Philip Elliot and Jim Kuhnhenn contributed to this report.



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