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US: National Survey (Kos 11/9-12)


DailyKos.com (D) / Research 2000
11/9-12/09; 2,400 adults, 2% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Kos release)

National

Favorable / Unfavorable
Barack Obama: 56 / 38 (chart)
Nancy Pelosi: 39 / 52
Harry Reid: 32 / 57
Mitch McConnell: 15 / 67
John Boehner: 14 / 65
Democratic Party: 43 / 49
Republican Party: 22 / 67

State of the country
40% Right Direction, 56% Wrong Track (chart)

 

Comments
Xenobion:

I think that's one of the first in the 40's Country is on the right track I've seen.

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Field Marshal:

X,

Actually the last two Daily Kos/Research 2000 polls of this nature have been in the 40's. Two weeks ago it was 42, last week 41 and now this at 40. Trend is the wrong way.

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Xenobion:

Hmm didn't notice. Just in the past couple weeks?

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Xenobion:

Hmm didn't notice. Just happen in the past couple weeks?

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Boomshak Don't Step to This:

But, boy is that Repub. leadership loved.

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tjampel:

Actually it's been a great few weeks for Boehner. He's up from 12 I think. McConnell's now in danger of being passed by Boehner. He may be in more danger than that, actually. There are rumors that Sen DeMint is after his job.

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lat:

My favorite was The South Carolina Republican Caucus censuring Lindsey Graham for not being conservative enough. Are you kidding me! The GOP has absolutely and completely lost it's mind. What's not conservative enough for these idiots? Maybe if Graham put on some sheets and burned some crosses that would make him conservative enough? Just a thought.

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Cyril Washbrook:

The GOP doesn't have a monopoly on demands for ideological purity. If you've looked at anything the liberal netroots have been saying in the last few months, it's quite clear that many liberals are just as up-tight in demanding that Democrats adhere 100% to "liberal" stances on issues. The crucial difference, really, is that the Democratic Party as a national unit has been sensible enough not to listen to the netroots and engage in those sorts of recriminations.

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011121:

"The GOP doesn't have a monopoly on demands for ideological purity. If you've looked at anything the liberal netroots have been saying in the last few months, it's quite clear that many liberals are just as up-tight in demanding that Democrats adhere 100% to "liberal" stances on issues."

The left certainly wants dems to support their views but they have not been anywhere close to the same as the wingnuts in purging moderates.

Consider the best example of a dem "purge" Lamont-Lieberman. Lieberman had major breaks with the dems on critical issues (Iraq, abortion, guantanamo, etc.). The dems did eventually primary Lieberman but it was a race where there was no chance of the seat being lost to the right. It would either go to Lamont or to Lieberman so the worst case of doing something (Lieberman elected) was no worse than the only result of doing nothing.

Meanwhile the dems ran the 50 state project and elected a ton of moderate "blue dog" dems and won a bunch of seats.

Or to look at it another way the party ID breakdown clearly shows the GOP has hemorrhaged supporters. Some are moderates and some are conservatives but in either case they left due to disillusionment with the party. Meanwhile the dems have stayed steady.

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Cyril Washbrook:

That's my point: i.e. there are one-eyed ideologues on the left, but the Democratic Party as a political unit has not bowed to their demands. In the netroots, we see a fair few demands for the purge of people like Blanche Lincoln (for no good reason, really). But thanks to the distance placed between the activist ideologues in the netroots and the Democratic Party as a loose confederation of operational units, those demands are scarcely acted upon.

As a small-d democrat, I am concerned about what will happen when the Democrats fall on hard times, though - there's a danger that the Democrats will fall into the same rut as the Republicans, accusing their congressmen of not being "liberal enough" and demanding "real liberals" to contest primaries.

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