DEMS SURGE IN POLLS: REPUBLICANS NOT SO MUCH

Oh the poor Republicans.  Woe is them, or should I say woe be unto them.  After all they made their own bed and now they actually get to lie in it.  The tide is turning as America gets an up close and personal look at the great work done by President Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress in the passage of health care reform.  Read the latest poll and analysis from the Daily Kos:

The Research 2000/Daily Kos Weekly Trending Poll is out with some post-health care numbers. Unsurprisingly, the president, the Democratic Party, Congressional Dems, and Nancy Pelosi are all enjoying a nice bump in public approval. Pelosi saw a three point jump, while Obama went up five points. Poor Harry Reid dropped a point. No doubt, he’s done a poor job of selling himself and his remarkable achievement in getting 60 votes on Christmas Eve. I guess these numbers are evidence that people blame him for the lack of a public option in the final bill but are giving a Pelosi a pass on the issue.

Who suffered the most? Republicans in Congress (-7) and John “Hell No” Boehner (-5) both saw their numbers tank. Only 17% approve of Boehner’s job performance, while 71% of disapprove of the job congressional Republicans are doing. Even in their homebase in the South, the congressional GOP only has 30%-56% approval.

Perhaps more importantly, the enthusiasm gap has closed (as we predicted it would) post-health care passage. Markos explains:

Three weeks ago, 40 percent of Democrats were likely or definitely going to vote, compared to 51 percent of Republicans — an 11 point “intensity gap”. Two weeks ago, as the battle for health care reform heated up, and GOP obstructionism came in full view, the numbers were 45 percent for Democrats, 56 percent for Republicans — both sides equally riled up.This week, the numbers are 55 percent for Democrats, 62 percent for Republicans. While both sides saw big spikes in their numbers, Democrats were particularly energized, with that intensity gap narrowing from 11 points to a far more manageable seven. First [sic] the first time in over a year, Democrats have a reason to get excited about their party, and are newly engaging in the political process.

Isn’t it amazing how people actually like politicians who deliver on their promises and get hard stuff done? I think it’s particularly telling that Boehner took such a massive hit in his numbers. The Democrats are more popular than the Republicans in pretty much every category, and they have a slight money advantage, too. If the Dems continue to deliver accomplishments, that enthusiasm gap may disappear all together or even flip in the Democrats’ favor. The American people don’t want to vote for Republicans, but until this week they didn’t see much reason to vote for their incumbents either.

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12 Responses to DEMS SURGE IN POLLS: REPUBLICANS NOT SO MUCH

  1. Infidel753

    March 26, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Ha! A post to savor….. The Democrats should do OK in November (unless they do something incredibly stupid in the meantime). Right now the right-wing bloggers seem to be in indignant denial about the Democrats’ improved poll numbers. It will be entertaining to watch their reactions evolve as reality sinks in.

    • MadMike

      March 26, 2010 at 7:10 pm

      Infidel in my experience the Democrats could fuck up a wet dream. They have plenty of time to dream yet….

      • Stella by Starlight

        August 29, 2010 at 8:28 am

        I am agast, Bro. You dropped the F-bomb on your blog!!! THR HORROR. the horror.

  2. Jessica

    March 26, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Well, well, well, I am surprised. I thought it was going to be a major rout in November for the reps. I guess that hopey changey stuff is working for us after all, you betcha, also too 😉

    • MadMike

      March 26, 2010 at 7:09 pm

      It does appear to be working Jess…Much to the chagrin of those Obama hating progressives 🙂

  3. Sue

    March 26, 2010 at 11:40 am

    This is what we’ve been saying, the dems want strong leadership and we want things MOVING forward in the country. When we get what we want so will the dems in Washington. Look out repubs, come November it will be OUR party out in front thanks to President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Say what you will about them, their leadership outshines ANY republican in office today!

    • MadMike

      March 26, 2010 at 7:08 pm

      I LOVE SUE!! I agree completely!!

      • Sue

        March 26, 2010 at 9:29 pm

        Thehusband is in bed waiting for me BUT.. I see in my inbox a message from Mike saying HE LOVES ME, so I gotta run right over cuz I forgot what I said in my comment to get such a reaction! LOL, I love you too Mike!!

  4. Holte Ender

    March 26, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Encouraging, but November, in political time, is 10 years away. The only polls worth paying attention to are the ones just before the polling day.

    • MadMike

      March 26, 2010 at 7:08 pm

      True Alan, but encouragement is encouragement is encouragement 🙂

  5. Barbara

    March 27, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    This is wonderful news, but I am sure Fox News will have a different version of this poll.

  6. Stella by Starlight

    August 29, 2010 at 8:23 am

    I am with Holte on this one and hope someone reads this comment. Here in California, our wonderful Sen. Boxer is running neck-in-neck with Palin-endorsedand Rove-endorsed Fiorina). Just as bad? Jerry Brown is running behind in Meg Witless’ $104 million campaign who hasn’t voted in 30 years. I do have hope, thogh. Brown is wisely conserving his resources until September so he can use his money to promote his ads to refute whitless’ utter lies. Yes, right during election time, hust as Holte wrote. As Brown said, there’s no point spending all that money until just before the elections. You all know I have unequivocally supported Brown’s bid for governor. Here’s hoping…