Total destruction: GOP out to biggest generic ballot leads in history in both Gallup and Rasmussen

posted at 7:06 pm on August 16, 2010 by Allahpundit

The most amazing thing about this? When Democrats tell people that voters hate the GOP as much as they hate them, they’re not blowing smoke. That’s basically true. In fact, in many polls, the Republican Party’s favorables are still lower than the Democrats’. And even so: Biggest generic ballot lead … in history. That’s how popular Hopenchange is.

The flip side of that calculus, of course: Imagine what the lead would be like if people liked the GOP.

Follow the link up top for the numbers stretching all the way back to 1946. Republicans hit 49 percent a few times during the blessed year of 1994 but not until now have they reached the 50-yard line. As for Rasmussen:

Republican candidates have jumped out to a record-setting 12-point lead over Democrats on the Generic Congressional Ballot for the week ending Sunday, August 15, 2010. This is the biggest lead the GOP has held in over a decade of Rasmussen Reports surveying.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 48% of Likely Voters would vote for their district’s Republican congressional candidate, while 36% would opt for his or her Democratic opponent. Support for Republicans is up two points from the previous week, while support for Democrats dropped three points.Republicans have led on the Generic Congressional Ballot since June of last year, and their lead hasn’t fallen below five points since the beginning of December…

Support for repeal of the health care reform bill is at 60%, its highest level in over a month, while the number of voters who believe repeal will be good for the economy has reached a new high.

The temptation will be to chalk this up to The One’s comments about the Ground Zero mosque but I’m skeptical that that’s what’s driving it. Both polls are based on averages over the course of a week and he didn’t chime in on the mosque until late Friday night. Unless the bottom dropped out in the polling over the weekend, last week’s numbers should be relatively unaffected. Although, if so, that prompts the question: What will next week’s numbers be like?

Meanwhile, because he’s clearly a political genius, Obama’s still whining about Republican opposition to an agenda that’s so unpopular that it’s carrying them to unprecedented leads in major polls. Exit question: Democrats can’t figure out a plan for the midterms. Any ideas?

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Proud member of the “Party of ‘No'”.

Shiny_Tiara on August 16, 2010 at 11:21 PM

Wonder if the USSR would have lasted as long as it did, had the proles been given a real choice of a vote in 1920.

GarandFan on August 16, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Don’t give them any ideas!

Kensington on August 16, 2010 at 11:22 PM

I just hope we don’t peak too soon. I want total annihilation in 2010. I know I won’t get it, but it’s fun to dream.

Mojave Mark on August 17, 2010 at 12:29 AM

The GOP is working overtime on making the damage fair to the Democrats.

Feedie on August 17, 2010 at 12:41 AM

Sweet dreams for me tonight.

HellCat on August 17, 2010 at 1:00 AM

Building up a sense of inevitability is AWESOME strategy! Just ask President Hillary!

American Elephant on August 17, 2010 at 1:47 AM

Ideas? I have some for the Republican party. Scrap all four front runners and bring on the real beef who can do this country some serious good when they win.


herself on August 17, 2010 at 4:23 AM

After we vote the GOP back in power we’re going to sift the chaff for RHINO’s and toss them too. This is going to be the beginning not the end.

mixplix on August 17, 2010 at 6:16 AM

Don’t start measuring the drapes just yet. We are talking about the GOP, who like the Detroit Lions, know how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory!

flytier on August 17, 2010 at 8:28 AM

These people are the ones who call for Tech Support for their computer and diagnosing the problem is (is it plugged in). I have relative that works in Tech Support and has data showing 38-40% of callers have worked on the P.C. and forgot to plug it in before making their telephone call.

Even the same thing occurs with laptop owners who forget to plug it when returning home after a long day and the next day the computer shuts down because the battery is dead.

It just shows that these people have a “short attention span” and their “situational awareness” is nil. These indicators clearly point to logically challenged person.

MSGTAS on August 17, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Exit question: Democrats can’t figure out a plan for the midterms. Any ideas?

Strategy: Bend over and kiss your butts goodbye.

Animator Girl on August 17, 2010 at 11:02 AM

All these pundits say Obama’s problem is the economy, or the Mosque, etc. voters are able to see more than one issue and focus on that. We are fed up with his whole stinkin’ agenda. Name one thing Obama has done to make our country or people better. Zip, nada, zilch! even a blind squirrel finds an acorn (pun intended) once in a while. Even a lousy politician would find one good issue.

Herb on August 17, 2010 at 1:32 PM