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WaPo poll: Current GOP lead on the economy much larger than in 2010

posted at 11:33 am on January 29, 2014 by

Lots of poll posts around these parts lately, and here’s another one.  (You’re welcome).  This should worry Democrats:

The challenge for the president and his party: Win back the political high ground, which Republicans have seized on the economy for the first time in nearly 12 years. That should come as troubling news for president and his party 9 1/2 months before election day. Americans trust Republicans more than Democrats to do a better job handling the economy 44 percent to 37 percent, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. It’s the first time since 2002 that Republicans have sported a meaningful advantage, and larger than any edge congressional Republicans have held over Obama during his administration. Perhaps even more striking: The numbers mark a mirror image reversal from the eve of the 2010 midterms, when Republican picked up a historic 63 House seats. In October of 2010, Democrats held an identical 44-37 advantage.

Feast your eyes:

During the home stretch of the 2010 campaign, Democrats held a seven-point advantage over Republicans on the economy in the Washington Post/ABC News poll.  And then this happened.  The same poll now shows a 14-point swing in the GOP’s direction on the issue, as compared to the October ’10 survey.  Factor in similar Obamacare headwinds, and perhaps this outcome isn’t quite as far-fetched as it may seem.  It’s numbers like these that lead me to believe that Obama’s political team has basically thrown in the towel on Democrats winning back both houses of Congress, hence the forthcoming power grab-palooza.

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Sure I “trust” the GOP more. But that is a pretty low bar. On a scale of 0-100, I trust the Democrats at a 1. I trust the Republicans at a 2.

besser tot als rot on January 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Amnesty will even things out.

Bitter Clinger on January 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Amnesty will even things out.
Bitter Clinger on January 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM

I will not vote for anyone who supports illegal alien amnesty.

Any Republican who supports illegal alien amnesty should get no votes and should be run out of the party.

bluegill on January 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM

6 years of full-frontal liberalism will have that effect.

crrr6 on January 29, 2014 at 1:07 PM

..won’t be satisfied until the first Wednesday in November and there are BPs, blood, entrails, phalanxes of meat wagons, legions of EMTs, and overflowing ERs from all the carnage.

Mean time, I am just gonna sit up here in the Coliseum cheap seats catching the free bread they throw and watching the guys down on the sand get hack it out with each other.


The War Planner on January 29, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Don’t worry, the economy will save the Dems.

NotCoach on January 29, 2014 at 1:52 PM

They already have Dem ballots hidden in cities all over the country. Somewhere in Chicago there are secret meetings being held on how to register to vote 8 times. The Dems are certain of victory….by fraud. Constant Vigilance my friends.

neyney on January 29, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Obamacare cost Dems more seats in 2010 than Watergate cost Republicans in 1974.

Richard Nixon resigned on August 9, 1974, and three months later, in the November 1974 mid-terms, Democrats flipped:

3 seats in the US Senate
49 seats in the US House
628 seats in state legislatures

In the wake of Porkulus and Obamacare, Republicans in the November 2010 mid-terms flipped:

6 seats in the US Senate
63 seats in the US House
680 seats in state legislatures

As Ed wrote in 2010:

GOP wins “all-time high” in state legislative seats
posted at 2:55 pm on November 4, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Who could have suspected that Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi would spark a national rejection of their party that outdid Watergate?

Obama has been called Nixonian before, but never in this context. When he charged to victory in 2008, Democrats thought they had unlocked the secret of marrying a progressive to the broad center of American politics. Instead, his radical agenda has alienated the center and leaves Democrats with a sharply reduced national base for their future.

Yes, Obama was re-elected in 2012, and I understand the conern regarding almost half the population more concerned with free phones and EBT cards than with the integrity of the President or the insurance business, but I remain hopeful that the 2014 mid-terms will keep the House and return the Senate to Republican control. At that point, if we can get enough Democrats who care more about the country than their political party, we could repeal Obamacare with 290 votes in the House and 67 votes in the Senate, and override Obama’s veto.

Difficult? Yes. Impossible? No.

ITguy on January 29, 2014 at 7:35 PM