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Poll Says Public Beginning to Blame Democrats For Recession

It was inevitable (the party in power always gets blamed – eventually), but that doesn’t mean I don’t like the fact that this perfect storm may crest precisely at the 2010 midterms (although you shouldn”t count out the possibility of Republicans completely blowing the opportunity):

Nearly two years into the recession, opinion about which political party is responsible for the severe economic downturn is shifting, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday morning indicates that 38 percent of the public blames Republicans for the country’s current economic problems. That’s down 15 points from May, when 53 percent blamed the GOP. According to the poll 27 percent now blame the Democrats for the recession, up 6 points from May. Twenty-seven percent now say both parties are responsible for the economic mess.

“The bad news for the Democrats is that the number of Americans who hold the GOP exclusively responsible for the recession has been steadily falling by about two to three points per month,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “At that rate, only a handful of voters will blame the economy on the Republicans by the time next year’s midterm elections roll around.”

I’ll say it again – gridlock is good. It has a tendency to weed out all the extremist garbage and narrows the focus of legislation greatly. It also limits the power of the President, as it should be. So I’m quite pleased with this turn of events. And as you might imagine, the “current economic problems” is code language for “jobs”. No jobs, no peace, and a tough re-election campaign from Democrats next year.

Guess who the Congress is mad at?

It’s the economy, stupid.

As an aside, speaking of tough re-elections next year, John McCain is in a statistical dead heat with a GOP primary opponent next year.

Nice.

~McQ

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7 Responses to Poll Says Public Beginning to Blame Democrats For Recession

  • Of course the people riding this wave, Democratic or Republican, will be campaigning on a platform of “the government should be doing more to fix this mess”.

    • I don’t know where you’ve been, but most people are upset because there’s too much spending and too much intrusion – that’s why 56% think the country’s on the wrong track (quite and improvement over Bush, no?)

  • A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday morning indicates that 38 percent of the public blames Republicans for the country’s current economic problems.

    I wonder how many actually have a clue how it happened and why.  Even among Republicans.
    10% at best?
     
     

  • As an aside, speaking of tough re-elections next year, John McCain is in a statistical dead heat with a GOP primary opponent next year.

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    Ahhh, yet another opportunity for the media to ignore the Dems follies entirely and push the “GOP CIVIL WAR, NO ROOM FOR MODERATES IN THE GOP EXTREMIST EXTREMIST EXTREMISTSSSS!!!” meme they’re pushing hard.

    McCain is an honorable man and a genuine hero who should always be respected and appreciated for what he has done. I hope he retires rather than gets pushed out. Besides, if he retires he can do it in such a way as to give his fat daughter a push into politics ;)

  • Charlie Rose, who is apparently a respected political prognosticator, is openly saying that Imeme is “beyond radioactive” in many congressional districts that democrats have won handily for years.  This, according to Rose, could bring serious challenges even to old-time democrats members of Congress previously thought bulletproof.(1)

    It is sweet to see the dems, who campaigned so succeessfully against Bush Classic on “it’s the economy, stupid” being clobbered on the same issue.  Or, at least, it would be sweet if the reality for the country is that the policies of these yahoos are bankrupting us and doing exactly jack sh*t to put millions of unemployed Americans back into good jobs.

    Imeme (who is patting himself on the back for the great job he did on his Asia tour) has promised to hold some sort of jobs summit in a month or so.  It may be taken out of his hands as panicky members of Congress, sensing that they will be fired from their phoney-baloney jobs by increasingly angry voters next year, will push him to sign some sort of “jobs bill”.  Given the nature of the dems’ congressional leadership (stupid, malicious, selfish), I suspect that such a bill will be nothing more than Porkulus II: an excuse to spend a LOT of money to reward dem voting blocks and contributors but otherwise only put only imaginary Americans into phoney jobs in non-existent places.

    O’ course, this begs the question of exactly what Uncle Sugar CAN do to create jobs.  I think that many here would agree that the biggest thing would be to lower taxes.  Tax Cheat Timmy was asked about that very thing just the other day when testifying before Congress.  This is what he had to say:

    Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX26) – I could help the president and his panel. He doesn’t need another program. We don’t need another stimulus. We need to provide some tax relief and then get the heck out of the way, and the American economy will recover as it has always done.
    Tax Cheat Timmy: That broad philosophy helped produce the worst financial crisis and the worst recession we’d seen in generations. We had a pretty good test of that philosophy — a pretty good test of those policies that did not serve the country well.

    The idea that lowering taxes (i.e. letting Americans keep more of their own money) is BAD for the economy seems to be an article of faith among democrats.  As more Americans see that the dems’ plan for “recovery” and “reform” is merely taking MORE of their money and running us further into debt, I think dem poll numbers will continue to tank.  The only thing that will save them at the midterms will be Republican incompetence… which I think, sadly, we can pretty much bank on.

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    (1) H/T AoSHQ   http://campaignspot.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MmNmYTk0MzA4ZWU0NTZmZWVjMjQyMzdjYmU4OWQ3NjM=

  • Unfortunately the crest of this storm might last ten or so years.  The parallels to the great depression and to Japans recent depression are numerous.  Of course if that does happen, then there is an opportunity. The rollback of a lot of big government might finally be politically possible.

  • Here’s a bit of news from deep inside GOP HQ:
     
    Arlen Specter, Chris Dodd, and Harry Reid are now in the “turnover” column. Even a GOP strategist I spoke to said that this is the best ground he has seen for the Republicans since 1994. And we know what happened in that year.