Skip to comments.Poll: Democrats still not interested in voting in November
Posted on 06/23/2014 5:56:22 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
A new CNN/ORC poll indicates that the Democrats have been unable to overcome the apathy that threatens to keep much of the partys traditional voters home this November.
According to that polls survey of registered voters preference on the generic congressional ballot a measure of voter enthusiasm that traditionally favors Democrats the presidents 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 cycles political landscape, but the partys solution remains the same.
The presidents 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 werent 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. Dont 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.
Mondays 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, CNNs 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 Americas 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 laws 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.
It’s going to be cold in November. We’ll probably see some extreme snow flurries (Monster storm Frosty) caused by “climate change”. I hope they all stay home.
From the comment section, Lily.
“2014 is NOT 2010, will you please get it!”
Well, Lily, you’re definitely going to get it. Right in the neck, when we kick your ass.
Won’t make any diff.
All the crook-O-crats have to do is to issue extra ballots to all their illegal voters, their N-times voters (where N is greater than one), and pass a few Obama-solar-energy-bucks to some of his IRS, Department of Justicen and Gubmit Union croo....er...personnel.
i have always wondered.i am assuming that there is a limit to how many voters are allowed per precinct/district. right? but probably not in philly where romney votes were thrown in the trash and the monitors made sure that everyone voted(well,lets just say they voted for the ones who couldnt make it to the precincts in november 2008/2012)
well at least many of the senate races are in RED STATES! where i trust that the monitors are republicans/conservatives(unlike in cincinatti where many of their employees are clones of obama-phone girl.)
Any poll that fails to factor in dead, multiple and fictional voters is meaningless.
Sorry not going to buy the MSM’s propaganda line that the Dems aren’t going to vote in November. Probably just another one of their strategies to get Repubs to feel overconfident and stay at home.
The press had no shame... they'll find a way to help democrats...
The 'dead vote' shows the extent of democrat voter fraud. When Democrats do voter fraud they vote the people who don't show up to vote... that accidentally includes the dead... because the dead NEVER show up.
The dead vote allows us to see the extent of democrat cheating. It's a blessing.
Obama, like all socialists, put off the most radical policies until they have all the power. That he had to placate the most extreme elements of his base in such a big way shows how desperate he is politically. It’s a good sign that his own rhetoric is serial - our new ManBearPig.
They still have several months to ratchet up the Hispanic hate.
Hey, it worked in 2006, why not try it again?
At the core of the Democrat identity is selfishness and idealism. This President has satisfied neither for the Democrats. The economy still sucks and there still seems to be a lot of bias in their eyes when in reality, when you don’t live a life using your common sense and put all your trust in people you don’t even know life gets very harsh.
Agree with you. My thought as well upon reading the article.
CNN/ORC are in the bag for the Clinton’s. ORC IS totally in the bag for the Clinton’s as it is headed by longtime Clinton suckup Vinod Gupta.
We’ve heard this before I believe...in 2012...and it turned out to not be the case come election day - big time.
In any event, is it apathy - or embarrassment?