Poll: Democrats still not interested in voting in November

posted at 8:41 pm on June 23, 2014 by Noah Rothman

A new CNN/ORC poll indicates that the Democrats have been unable to overcome the apathy that threatens to keep much of the party’s traditional voters home this November.

According to that poll’s survey of registered voters’ preference on the generic congressional ballot – a measure of voter enthusiasm that traditionally favors Democrats – the president’s party maintains a two-point lead over the GOP at 47 to 45 percent. However, among those who voted in 2010, a filter CNN/ORC uses to determine who are most likely to vote in November, the GOP holds a four-point advantage over Democrats at 49 to 45 percent.

When CNN/ORC switched over to a likely voter screen in October, 2010, they found that Republicans held a seven-point advantage (52/45 percent) over Democrats on the generic congressional ballot question. Republicans went on to gains 63 seats in the House and six seats in the Senate.

“Younger Americans, women and non-whites score low on questions that ask them whether they are likely to vote. But on questions about how interested they are in the 2014 elections, women are not much different than men, non-whites are not that much different than whites, and people under 35 years old are not much different than people between 35 and 65 years of age,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. “The task for the Democrats is not to get those voters to pay attention to this year’s election – the party faces the much more difficult task of turning that attention into enthusiasm for voting.”

The problem of low Democratic enthusiasm for the upcoming midterm elections has been a constant feature of the 2014 cycle’s political landscape, but the party’s solution remains the same.

The president’s party seems to have settled on an all-of-the-above strategy for increasing their base voters’ interest in the midterms. From the issues of income inequality, to family planning, to the environment, to campaign finance reform and the infamous Koch brothers, Democrats have paid homage to virtually every liberal shibboleth this cycle to no avail.

In March, Senate Democrats held an “all-nighter” in which they bemoaned the issue of climate change. Some observed that this was a dual purpose spectacle aimed at both energizing voters and maintaining the faith of liberal billionaire donor Tom Steyer. A few of those Democrats who participated in this modern equivalent of a rain dance lamented that the event did not make the splash they had hoped.

“If you were looking for reassurance that somebody took this seriously in Washington, you weren’t finding much,” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) told CNN. Perhaps Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) reading aloud from Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax on the Senate floor contributed to the fact that so few took this nakedly political event seriously.

The Democratic campaign against the libertarian Koch brothers represents another feeble effort to energize the Democratic base. Don’t tell Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), who manages to work a denouncement of the sibling businessmen into his traditional holiday greetings, but that effort has also been met with muted successes. Perhaps a union-led effort in New York City to picket a hospital which recently constructed a new wing partially funded by a $100 million Koch donation helped blunt that campaign.

In fact, the Democratic effort to find a theme that resonates with their base voters has been so scattershot that even the political press has stopped reporting on them credulously.

Monday’s Working Families Summit, in which members of the administration urged Congress to focus on passing mandatory paid family leave and affordable child care.

“It’s no secret that Democrats’ midterm election strategy is to pitch to women to get the women to come out to vote,” CNN’s Kate Bolduan asked the president on Monday. “They have said that.”

“Yeah,” Obama conceded.

“Is this all politics?” she followed up.

Obama replied by noting that he has a mother, a grandmother, a wife, and two daughters – all of whom have or will have to work in order to support a family.

“This is not just a women’s issue,” Obama said. “It’s a middle class issue and an American issue.”

Meanwhile, the Fed recently cut America’s expected rate of growth in 2014 to an anemic 2 percent. The gains Americans made in Iraq are collapsing with shocking alacrity. Fears about the Affordable Care Act continue to stimulate the law’s opponents more than hopes about the law encourage its supporters. Government continues to expand while Americans’ incomes shrink.

Incidentally, a Bloomberg poll conducted from June 6 to 9 indicates that unemployment, health care, a decline in real income, and the federal deficit are the issues respondents rated as the “most important” facing the country.

Partisan liberals may be inspired to vote in November by demonizing conservative donors or promising them federally funded daycare, but they were most likely going to turn out anyway. As long as Democrats appear unable or unwilling to address Americans’ top priorities, they will be unable to expand their universe of potential midterm voters.


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Judging from the behaviour being exhibited by the Dems at tonight’s Oversight Committee hearing with the (diss)Honourable Mr Koskinen, I wouldn’t vote for them…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 23, 2014 at 8:45 PM

*hint hint*

Newtie and the Beauty on June 23, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Hopefully they won’t care to vote in MS tomorrow either.

ChrisL on June 23, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Nothing a slew of brand spanking new citizens can’t cure. Sure the ballots will have to have an emphasis on Spanish but still, the numbers will be there.

Bishop on June 23, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Of course I want to believe this, but I’ll reserve “calling it for the GOP” until election night.

listens2glenn on June 23, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Hopefully they won’t care to vote in MS tomorrow either.

ChrisL on June 23, 2014 at 8:45 PM

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listens2glenn on June 23, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Good. I hope every freakin one of the freaks stay home.

Diluculo on June 23, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Nothing a slew of brand spanking new citizens can’t cure. Sure the ballots will have to have an emphasis on Spanish but still, the numbers will be there.

Bishop on June 23, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Cruz in a landslide?

VegasRick on June 23, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Poll: Democrats still not interested in voting in November

Of course not. There’s no uber smart, Chicago, community organizers to vote for.

One would think they (Plouffe, Emmanuel, et al) must have another one waiting in the wings. This Obama cat’s been a huge cash cow for certain individuals out there, and I can’t see how they’re going to let that expire in two years. Obama slipped by without notice while he was in Congress…are there any other Manchurian Candidates sitting there in Congress or running we don’t know about?

And if they do have another one lined up, doesn’t matter if Dem voters are enthusiastic or not…their guy will get elected anyway-voter fraud and having him (her) run in the right district.

But what if they don’t? Why would they run this political mannequin and not any other and keep the theft going?

Strange…

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 23, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Cochran’s trying to get them to vote in the Republican primary.

Wigglesworth on June 23, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Dems are concerned that some at the IRS are still running WindowsXP? Seriously? What’s an IT budget FOR?

Silly, wasteful Dems…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 23, 2014 at 8:51 PM

If I was a D, I wouldn’t look forward to voting either. However, doesn’t mean an R landslide. They are the stupid party.

cat_owner on June 23, 2014 at 8:52 PM

This connolly d-bag gives d-bags everywhere a bad name.

VegasRick on June 23, 2014 at 8:54 PM

OT: Awesome show of a government agency with $1.8 budget showing why they rule the American people in the IRS hearing tonight….shame HA is missing it.

d1carter on June 23, 2014 at 8:55 PM

s/b $1.8 Billion budget……

d1carter on June 23, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Poll: Democrats still not interested in voting in November
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Probably a Psy-Ops!!
(sarc)

canopfor on June 23, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Good. I hope every freakin one of the freaks stay home.

Diluculo on June 23, 2014 at 8:48 PM

The godfather will offer a benefit they cannot refuse.

hawkdriver on June 23, 2014 at 8:56 PM

After all of the screwy 2012 polls, I am sick of hearing about polls and how Democrats supposedly aren’t interested in voting in the November election. I hope it’s true, but I’m not holding my breath. Nothing should be taken for granted.

bluegill on June 23, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Nothing should be taken for granted.

bluegill on June 23, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Except for you showing up to troll.

cozmo on June 23, 2014 at 9:04 PM

OT: Abolish the IRS….it is not accountable to anyone……

d1carter on June 23, 2014 at 9:09 PM

bluegill on June 23, 2014 at 9:02 PM

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Except for you showing up to troll.

cozmo on June 23, 2014 at 9:04 PM

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HEY ‘gill ! . . . . . Have you apologized to hawkdriver yet ?

listens2glenn on June 23, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Is anyone at home at HA…..?

d1carter on June 23, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Does it matter if democrat voters are interested in voting if their pole workers are interested in voting for them?

Count to 10 on June 23, 2014 at 9:16 PM

HEY ‘gill ! . . . . . Have you apologized to hawkdriver yet ?

listens2glenn on June 23, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Did the lying troll apologize to Bmore?

cozmo on June 23, 2014 at 9:17 PM

HEY ‘gill ! . . . . . Have you apologized to hawkdriver yet ?

listens2glenn on June 23, 2014 at 9:15 PM

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Did the lying troll apologize to Bmore?

cozmo on June 23, 2014 at 9:17 PM

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I’m outta the loop on that feud. What happened there?

listens2glenn on June 23, 2014 at 9:20 PM

What happened there?

listens2glenn on June 23, 2014 at 9:20 PM

She outed herself on Twitter then tried to put the blame on Bmore in an attempt to get him banned too.

Click to learn more.

cozmo on June 23, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Is anyone at home at HA…..?

d1carter on June 23, 2014 at 9:15 PM

No….we’re all watching the IRS hearing…elsewhere.

lynncgb on June 23, 2014 at 9:23 PM

I’m outta the loop on that feud. What happened there?

listens2glenn on June 23, 2014 at 9:20 PM

This’ll explain it l2g (a page at Bmore’s site): http://thegilledone.blogspot.com/

ShainS on June 23, 2014 at 9:23 PM

The IRS is out of control and there is nothing the government can do about it…

d1carter on June 23, 2014 at 9:39 PM

The question no one is asking is, who do the Democrats have left to go to the polls for them?

They’ve spent half-a-century attacking everybody in America.

They screamed “get out!” at the military, first active duty, then veterans, in the Sixties. Not to mention cops.

They did likewise to supporters of manned spaceflight, nuclear power, and real science in the Seventies.

They went after hunters and gun owners in the Eighties, a war that continues to this day.

They savaged small business and the middle class in the Nineties.

After 9/11, they declared war- on Christians and Jews. (On the “it’s all YOUR fault” principle.)

Today, they make no secret of their contempt for farmers, non-union workers, medical personnel, insurance people, real-estate agents, homeowners, anyone who lives outside of a major city, and anyone who owns a car that isn’t a Prius or a Tesla.

So, who do they have left?

Politicians, government bureaucrats, radical academics, radical environmentalists, OWSers, people who think the world should be run according to the doctrines of Critical Dance Theory, and people who want to make the human race extinct to “Save Holy Mother Gaia”.

When they meet in a faculty lounge it looks like a mighty host. But at a precinct on Election Day, they’re the ones who are chanting and waving signs 100 yards from the polling place.

No wonder they want amnesty for illegal aliens. They need those bodies at the polls.

Nobody else is likely to show up to pull the lever for them.

clear ether

eon

eon on June 23, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Holy SH!T !!! Trey Gowdy just ripped Koskinen a ripe new ASS HOLE.

rottenrobbie on June 23, 2014 at 9:46 PM

POLL: IT’S A TRAP!!!!

BigWyo on June 23, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Who is the bozo in the bow tie behind the IRS commissioner…????

d1carter on June 23, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Holy SH!T !!! Trey Gowdy just ripped Koskinen a ripe new ASS HOLE.

rottenrobbie on June 23, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Dammit to hell, I was watching that up until about an hour ago…couldn’t take anymore of the DemoCrook slobbering…

BigWyo on June 23, 2014 at 9:53 PM

The IRS relies on each employee to determine which emails are official records and that employee should print that email for posterity……………………………….?

d1carter on June 23, 2014 at 10:02 PM

I’m sure the dead, the felons and the cartoon characters are patiently waiting to vote Democrat, however. Not to mention the thousands of new Dem voters we are currently importing at the border.

ghostwalker1 on June 23, 2014 at 10:05 PM

What are you guys watching and where?

karenhasfreedom on June 23, 2014 at 10:06 PM

What are you guys watching and where?

karenhasfreedom on June 23, 2014 at 10:06 PM

http://oversight.house.gov/hearing/irs-obstruction-lois-lerners-missing-e-mails/

rottenrobbie on June 23, 2014 at 10:09 PM

leftist progressive apathy should be the case. Should also continue to be the case. You and yours have screwed up royally. My only hope for your position. Drown on its way to starvation. When you lose grip of power as the pendulum swings. America will always be in a much better position.

Bmore on June 23, 2014 at 10:09 PM

When the world is exploding, it’s tough to keep up morale.

Obama replied by noting that he has a mother, a grandmother, a wife, and two daughters – all of whom have or will have to work in order to support a family.

Sushi and Mongolia are supporting Choom and Moochelle?

And shouldn’t mother and grandmother be past tense?

Oh, yeah, that’s right; Democrat voters are never past tense.

formwiz on June 23, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Are the Dems boycotting now….?

d1carter on June 23, 2014 at 10:11 PM

They’ve been,,,,,,,,disenfranchised by their Christian President Hopey the Transparency.

FlaMurph on June 23, 2014 at 10:17 PM

The dims may not show up to vote…..but that doesn’t mean that there will be low voter turnout. That’s why the turds have institutionalized voter fraud.

cthemfly on June 23, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Cummings is speaking in his low voice of real concern for the IRS Commissioner….

d1carter on June 23, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Cummings reads the interviews of IRS employees……?

d1carter on June 23, 2014 at 10:25 PM

It’s not who votes. It’s who counts the votes and how many times they have to count the votes to get the correct outcome.

jukin3 on June 23, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Probably nothing for the Dims to worry about.

If they can’t make it to the polls Sleazy Eric Holder will likely “vote” for them.

viking01 on June 23, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Cummings was on the brink of fake-tears.

listens2glenn on June 23, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Cummings was combing the IRS interviews just to make sure no way told about his work with the IRS on targeting certain conservative entities…..

d1carter on June 23, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Poll: Democrats still not interested in voting in November

…they may not go to the polls…………but somehow…the votes will be there!

JugEarsButtHurt on June 23, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Can the committee investigate Cummings while he is sitting on the committee….?

d1carter on June 23, 2014 at 10:39 PM

After the exposure of the IRS, should taxpayers be expected to file tax returns honestly………………?

d1carter on June 23, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Loverboy’s not on the ballot, so ennui is the mood of the day.

Red Creek on June 23, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Maybe King Barack the Magnificent will declare nation-wide amnesty the day before elections.

Couldn’t hurt.

GarandFan on June 23, 2014 at 10:58 PM

She outed herself on Twitter then tried to put the blame on Bmore in an attempt to get him banned too.

Click to learn more.

cozmo on June 23, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Is that how she got Koolaid banned?

slickwillie2001 on June 23, 2014 at 11:00 PM

HEY ‘gill ! . . . . . Have you apologized to hawkdriver yet ?

listens2glenn on June 23, 2014 at 9:15 PM

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Did the lying troll apologize to Bmore?

cozmo on June 23, 2014 at 9:17 PM

…she hasn’t apologized to KOOLAID2 either!

JugEarsButtHurt on June 23, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Of course Democrats don’t feel the urge to vote in the midterms. Obama is President. Anything they want done can be accomplished through executive action. They prefer a less representative government because it stands in the way of progress. They don’t fear Republicans abusing the power as much, because Republicans still respect the idea of representative democracy and rule of law.

Every Democrat who loses a seat need only blame Obama for showing their voters how worthless they are.

airupthere on June 24, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Yeah, but Acorn (et al) plans to offer ObamaPhone Unlimited Data Plans at election polling locations.

Tsar of Earth on June 24, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Who is the bozo in the bow tie behind the IRS commissioner…????

d1carter on June 23, 2014 at 9:53 PM

I saw that too. If you watched carefully, he would listen with a stern ‘winning’ face when a Dem was questioning.

Then, when a Rep questioning, he’d resume his self-gratification with whatever phone game (presumably) that he was playing. You could even tell when he scored a point.

Tsar of Earth on June 24, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Shotgun platform oddly adapted by the anti-gun crowd fails to excite their supporters? Is this lethargy or the aha moment?

geezerintraining on June 24, 2014 at 12:35 PM