CNN poll: 70% glad that Dems no longer have 60 votes

Maybe when he said there wouldn’t be another 1994 thanks to him, he meant this year would be worse.


The way they phrased the question guaranteed that only the most robotic Democratic partisans would say they’re not glad (imagine if it had been framed in terms of greater Republican power to “obstruct”), but consider this evidence that the “party of no” label hasn’t exactly brought the GOP to its knees. And that ain’t all:

Forty-five percent of people questioned in the poll said Democratic control of Congress is a good thing, with 48 percent disagreeing. The margin is within the survey’s sampling error. But the results are a shift from last June, when 50 percent felt that Democratic control of both chambers of Congress was good and 41 percent felt it was bad for the country…

“The poll provides more evidence of the dwindling appeal of the Democratic party in the wake of last week’s special election in Massachusetts,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Fewer Americans have a favorable view of the Democrats, and fewer support Democratic control on Capitol Hill.”…

According to the poll, 46 percent of the public has a favorable opinion of the Democratic Party, with 44 percent viewing the Republican Party in a positive light. That’s a change from October, when 53 percent had a favorable opinion of Democrats and 36 percent saw the GOP in a positive light.

Except for a CNN poll taken in February 2005, when approval of the Democratic Party split 46/47, the 46/46 split here is the worst they’ve seen dating back to 1992. What does that mean for November? Patience, my friends. Still more data to come in the next post. For now, meditate on this: How good does reconciliation on ObamaCare look this afternoon to Reid and company with 70 percent giving thumbs up to the idea of bipartisan cooperation? Particularly when Clyburn, who’s responsible for selling Reid’s bill to leery House progressives as part of the two-step “fix,” is going around sneering at the Senate as a “House of Lords”?

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