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Polls: Republicans Turning on Republicans

AP is reporting that 31 percent of conservatives want Republicans out of power:

Angry conservatives are driving the approval ratings of President Bush and the GOP-led Congress to dismal new lows, according to an AP-Ipsos poll that underscores why Republicans fear an Election Day massacre. Six months out, the intensity of opposition to Bush and Congress has risen sharply, along with the percentage of Americans who believe the nation is on the wrong track.
The AP-Ipsos poll also suggests that Democratic voters are far more motivated than Republicans. Elections in the middle of a president's term traditionally favor the party whose core supporters are the most energized. This week's survey of 1,000 adults, including 865 registered voters, found:

- Just 33 percent of the public approves of Bush's job performance, the lowest of his presidency. That compares with 36 percent approval in early April. Forty-five percent of self-described conservatives now disapprove of the president.
- Just one-fourth of the public approves of the job Congress is doing, a new low in AP-Ipsos polling and down 5 percentage points since last month. A whopping 65 percent of conservatives disapprove of Congress.
- A majority of Americans say they want Democrats rather than Republicans to control Congress (51 percent to 34 percent). That's the largest gap recorded by AP-Ipsos since Bush took office. Even 31 percent of conservatives want Republicans out of power.

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105949
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Mades you wonder if "true" conservatives are getting tired of the posers. It is so important to be willing to cast party and partisanship aside in favor of what is right. One of the worst things is when someone follows a party, or a candidate, or an elected official, no matter what they do due to partisanship (or not wanting to be wrong). Of course, they happens on both sides of the aisle, and it's disguting on both sides. The country is so ready for new politics -- are the Dems up to the task? Biden may well be, but I sure don't know about Dems here in Mississippi.

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DonnaLadd
Date
2006-05-05T15:02:24-06:00
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105950
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These have been some very slow chickens coming home to roost. (That's right folks, I am the JFP's Malcolm X.) I still have psychotic breaks with reality when I think about the fact that the Republicans did so well in 2004. What, mi amigos, does it take? As for the local Democratic party, I am sure they will be rooting for Bennett-buddy Joe Lieberman in 2008, who is the most Republican senator now that crazy Zell Miller has retired.

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Brian Johnson
Date
2006-05-05T15:21:55-06:00
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105951
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Brian X. LOL.

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DonnaLadd
Date
2006-05-05T15:35:23-06:00
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105952
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I think the state Democratic Party has already shown that it has no intention of capitalizing on these polls.

  • No U.S. congressional candidates in Republican districts, and a split primary in the only semi-liberal Democratic district ;
  • Only one U.S. Senate candidate, Erik Fleming (who makes Joe Lieberman look like Dennis Kucinich), seems interested in running. Only one of the other candidates even has a campaign web site, and he won't return emails. State DNC chair Wayne Dowdy has already endorsed Trent Lott for another term ;
  • And what else is there, really?
I think Dixiecrats have decided that if the party is going to run black folks and progressives, they're going to let it wither on the vine. And since the Mississippi Democratic Party is still largely funded and controlled by Dixiecrats... That's why I get annoyed when I talk to Mississippi Republicans who sound triumphalist because, frankly, it's a one-sided fight. It's a wonder to me that the Democratic Party still has a majority in the state legislature; they won't for very much longer. I mean, all you have to do is look at the fact that the state RNC chair told Republican voters not to cross over in the Thompson-Espy race and to focus instead on electing Yvonne Brown, while the state DNC chair told Democratic voters to vote for Trent Lott. There's not really any comparison. The state DNC leadership simply isn't interested in winning elections. Cheers, TH

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Tom Head
Date
2006-05-06T13:35:08-06:00

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