Skip to comments.Poll: People want Democrats to retain control of Congress
Posted on 06/16/2010 7:20:16 AM PDT by autumnraine
There are glimmers of hope for Democrats battling to retain control of Congress in this fall's elections, with the party holding a slender edge in public trust for shepherding the economy and small gains in those saying their finances are healthy, according to a new poll.
The reeling economy remains the American public's top concern, according to an Associated Press-GfK Poll conducted earlier this month, making public attitudes about it crucial for both parties' hopes in November.
The good news for Democrats: By a slim margin (47% to 42%), people trust them more than Republicans to guide the economy. And slightly more now 64% say their household budgets are in good shape.
In addition, people want Democrats to win control of Congress, by a 46% to 39% margin. That is the second straight month in which Democrats have held a delicate advantage on that question since April, when 44% preferred Republicans and 41% picked Democrats.
When Clinton was in office, we were doing exceptionally well. Then Republicans got in office and we are where we are, said Daniel Lowery, 23, a warehouse worker from Fostoria, Ohio, who wants Democrats to continue leading the House and Senate.
Even so, there's plenty in the poll to encourage Republicans, and nothing that contradicts many analysts' views that the current opposition party has a solid shot of capturing majorities of one or both chambers of Congress.
The public's anti-Washington mood remains robust, with 55% saying they want a new member of Congress bad news for Democrats with more incumbents to defend. A low 24% approve of how Congress is doing its job, a hefty 72% still say the nation's economy is in poor condition, and 77% consider huge federal budget deficits a top concern.
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Not a person that I talk to believes this BS! RATs, Republicans, and Independents intend to clean the sewer that is DC. Count on it.
lulz....I cal serious BS.
Btw, a liberal polling for liberals....who would have thought. =.=
LA Slimes...’nuf said.
Yea right.only in L.A.
I can remember when AP was the gold standard of news gathering and not a “polling” organization.
Article quotes a 23 year old regarding how wonderful the Clinton years were...
I love the quote from the 23 year old about the good old days under Clinton. He would have been 13 when Clinton left office. Of course life was good for him, his mommy was still putting his breakfast cereal in his bowl for him.
Guide the economy further into the sewer?
Can you imagine how many dems they had to poll to get this number!!!
Retain? When they called me, they said release.
Damn if I know- this?
When Clinton was in office, we were doing exceptionally well. Then Republicans got in office and we are where we are, said Daniel Lowery, 23
Is so stunningly ignorant- not to mention partisan- that you have to wonder, is it atypical, or a ghastly trend.
Articles like this will be used to show that when the elections are stolen in November, that it is what the people wanted. Conversely, if the election is not stolen, then they can use an article like this to claim some GOP fraud.
LATimes reported, poll by AP.
A good example of how the ‘Rats have made dumbing Americans down a top priority.
“The AP-GfK Poll involved landline and cell phone interviews with 1,044 randomly chosen adults.”
Um, no, actually Republicans started controlling Congress in Jan. 1995, not long after your buddy Clinton became President. It was a concurrent thing. This douche acts like Clinton and the Democrats ran everything from 1993 up until 2001, which is not true.
An AP poll, eh. What next, using the Weekly World News to shape foreign policy?
“Article quotes a 23 year old regarding how wonderful the Clinton years were...”
yeah i saw that too
dumb kids biggest worry when Clinton was in office was whether or not he would get a tickle me elmo doll for Christmas for crying out loud
I bet his mommy is still putting his breakfast cereal in his bowl for him
Uh, Danny? You were five years old when Clinton took office.
Your political analysis can be taken with a grain of salt.
It's proven time and time again that D voters are the dumbest, least informed segment of the electorate.
I’m thinking you have to give up on the intelligence of about 40% of Americans.
The Dems have spiked here and there, but that spike has already diminished. The LA times probably polled union workers.
Not "likely voters", not "registered voters", not even "US citizens".
These adults "want" Democrats to control Congress sooooo badly that most (it's an off-year election) won't even bother to vote in November.
This poll smells worse than the elephant compound at the zoo.
Even so, there's plenty in the poll to encourage Republicans
Say what?? Was this written by a third grader? The Democraps have a 7 point generic lead and the Republicans should be "encouraged" ?
A 7 point lead means there wont be much if any change in Congress and President EpicFail can continue along his merry way... I don't think so. This is one of the most blatant push polls Ive seen in recent years.
There is your answer. NOT potential voters.
It doesn’t matter. We have to get close to 50 seats to regain power and that is going to be a challenge....can be done but with gerrymandering on both sides so intense, it will be a great day if this occurs, but it won’t be easy.
Hey dumbshit, when Clinton took office, you were SIX. When he left office, you were 14. What the hell do you know?
That’s all fine and dandy but people don’t vote on control of Congress, they vote on their own members. And poll after poll show nearly every single House seat gained in 2006 as vulnerable and competitive this year, and a whole bunch more on top of that.
I was 18 when Clinton left office. I always say he made a conservative out of me.
is there any polling data? i see no link to any poll....
FWIW I do remember Reagan and was younger under Reagan than this guy was under Klintoon, however, I actually PAID ATTENTION.
Financially they were pretty good years if I say so myself. If you remember, they were for you too.
I am only old enough to remember the tail end of Reagan’s time. But I know my history too. This dim bulb obviously doesn’t.
This is the same newspaper that had Gray Davis winning against Arnold by 20 points the morning of the election. Lost by twenty.
WTF kind of people want democrats to retain control of Congress?
Is this all registered voters? Adults?
This poll includes non-voter dopers
People that aren’t even registered to vote no doubt.
Look, it is at the bottom of the article:
“The AP-GfK Poll involved landline and cell phone interviews with 1,044 randomly chosen adults and was conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications from June 9 to 14. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.”
That is a pretty wide margin too.
I sometimes check out the comments on ABCNEWS.com to get a sense of the sentiments left of center Americans (conservatives goes to Foxnews.com and far left goes to MSNBC.com.) Looks like most people are really starting to hate BO.
The fact that they’re spinning this as “People what Democrats to retain control of Congress” means they’re starting to fear the next election.
The 23-year-old simply “knows” what his union teachers have propagandized him to believe.
This was a largely unscientific poll of randomly chosen “adults” - not registered voters, much less “likely voters”, and in any event fails to measure voter intensity on the issues. Safe to ignore.
Not even ‘registered voters’
Yes, but there are almost 90 seats with Republican majority voters that have Democrat reps. It will be a challenge, but the mother's milk of money would make this very doable. A lot of entrenched Blue Dogs "could be" in the mud, come November.