Wednesday, December 26, 2007

For whom the bell polls

More Americans disapprove of Repubs (68%) in Congress than Democrats (64%), according to the USA Today/Gallup Poll (Dec. 14-16, 2007). That's not a commanding lead and I suspect it's mostly reflective of the Democratic failure to put the brakes on the Iraq War.

On the issue of Iraq, almost 70% of Americans oppose the war and want to withdraw some if not all of U.S. troops. Only 29% said to keep the same amount or send more troops. Via the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll (Dec. 6-9, 2007).

The CBS News/New York Times Poll (Dec. 5-9, 2007) gives Democrats a 15-point advantage (45%) over Repubs (30%) when asked,

Regardless of how you usually vote, do you think the Republican Party or the Democratic Party is more likely to make the right decisions about the war in Iraq?
For all the grousing we liberals do over the Democrats in Congress, the country prefers them over Repubs. The NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll (Dec. 14-17, 2007) among registered voters, asked the question,
What is your preference for the outcome of next year's congressional elections: a Congress controlled by Republicans or a Congress controlled by Democrats?
The results gave Democrats a 14 point lead (48%) over Repubs (34%). Yet, 18% remain undecided. I'm confident with Repubs backing Bush's unpopular war in Iraq and their unprecedented obstructionism, the Democratic lead will widen over time.

Looking to the presidential race, the Diageo/Hotline Poll (Dec. 10-14, 2007) among registered voters favors a Democratic candidate (46%) over a Repub (33%) with 17% undecided.

With Huckabee surging in the polls, the GOP establishment must worry. Both Hillary and Obama beat Huck as well as Romney and Giuliani in a variety of polls. Only McCain beats Hillary and Obama per the latest Faux News poll release (Dec. 18-19, 2007), which did not include John Edwards.

However, the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll (Dec. 6-9, 2007) among registered voters shows that John Edwards beats all the Repub candidates -- McCain by 8 points, Huck by 25 points, Mitt by 22 points, and Rudy by 9 points.

I would certainly like to see more current Democratic-Repub match-ups in polling that includes John Edwards instead of just Hillary and Obama.

Funny how you don't see Republicans jumping on the Edwards bandwagon like they do for Obama. Why is that?

[That's all. No more after the jump.]