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Poll shows support for Democrats' goals [an Associated Press-AOL News poll found........]
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Posted on 01/02/2007 12:53:29 PM PST by Sub-Driver

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press Writer 27 minutes ago

People overwhelmingly support two of the Democrats' top goals — increasing the minimum wage and making it easier to buy prescription drugs from other countries — as the party takes control of Congress for the first time in a dozen years.

By a smaller margin, the public also favors relaxing restrictions on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, a third issue Democrats have promised to tackle during their first 100 hours in charge.

The jury is out on incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Most people say they do not know enough yet to have an opinion about the California Democrat who will be the first woman in that office, an Associated Press-AOL News poll found.

The survey results come as the 110th Congress is set to convene Thursday at noon. Voters last November toppled Republican majorities in both the Senate and House, exasperated by investigations into the ethics of GOP lawmakers and unhappy with the war in Iraq.

Democrats will hold a 233-202 edge in the House and will control the Senate by 51-49.

A boost to the $5.15-an-hour federal minimum wage would be the first since 1997. Democratic leaders have proposed raising it in stages to $7.25 an hour. President Bush has said he supports the idea, along with help for small businesses.

Fully 80 percent of survey respondents favor an increase, too.

Support is strongest among Democrats, 91 percent, while 65 percent of Republicans back the idea. Women, men without college degrees and single women all are especially likely to favor a minimum wage hike.

Nearly seven of 10 adults, 69 percent, favor the government taking steps to make it easier for people to buy prescription drugs from other countries,

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this poll smells to high heaven
1 posted on 01/02/2007 12:53:33 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
The telephone survey of 1,004 adults

What a freakin' crock.

2 posted on 01/02/2007 12:56:21 PM PST by JennysCool (Well done, President Ford.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Nah, I bet most people do support raising the minimum wage and buying cheap drugs. They don't really think it through and it just feels good. The same goes for embryonic stem cells... it just feels good (unless you're an embryo of course).
3 posted on 01/02/2007 12:57:49 PM PST by rhombus
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To: Sub-Driver

There was an AOL poll just last week that showed nearly 65% were unhappy to have "progressives" in control.


4 posted on 01/02/2007 12:57:55 PM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Free stuff... has always been popular with the masses!


5 posted on 01/02/2007 12:58:48 PM PST by avacado
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To: Sub-Driver

How can respondents say "no" to a free lunch? The trick for the dems will be to get the legislations passed and the President's signature, no easy task with all the new moderate dems in the House and only a 16 vote majority, coupled with a 50-49 Senate. The dems are about to find out how tough it is to pass anything in the Senate when they can't invoke cloture. Payback's hell ain't it Harry?


6 posted on 01/02/2007 12:59:38 PM PST by moose2004 (You Can Run But You Can't Hide!)
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To: Sub-Driver
Not one question about if the American Sheeple favor the Rats strategy of giving terrorists rights and their cut and run strategy. Figures coming from the crAP.
7 posted on 01/02/2007 1:01:16 PM PST by The South Texan (The Democrat Party and the leftist (ABCCBSNBCCNN NYLATIMES)media are a criminal enterprise!)
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To: Sub-Driver
The telephone survey of 1,004 adults was conducted Dec. 19-21 by Ipsos, an international public opinion research company. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.

My money says "Push-polling"


8 posted on 01/02/2007 1:04:38 PM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: moose2004
The dems are about to find out how tough it is to pass anything in the Senate when they can't invoke cloture. Payback's hell ain't it Harry?

Get used to lots of very loud and very public moral indignation about undermining the will of the American people. It's going to be great.

9 posted on 01/02/2007 1:05:04 PM PST by rhombus
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To: JennysCool

"The telephone survey of 1,004 adults"

There are 300 million people in this country and we can come to a conclusion based off a poll of 1,004 people? I don't have that much faith in statistics, even if done correctly.


10 posted on 01/02/2007 1:05:25 PM PST by Hendrix
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To: Sub-Driver

Oh yes, the "Do you want more money and free drugs?" question, everybody loves democrats and hates the GOP according to the AP.


11 posted on 01/02/2007 1:06:10 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Sub-Driver

BS


12 posted on 01/02/2007 1:07:34 PM PST by freekitty
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To: Sub-Driver

How many people get paid the minimum wage? I think it is a small number of workers and that is why increasing it may really have little impact either way.


13 posted on 01/02/2007 1:08:21 PM PST by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: Sub-Driver
this poll smells to high heaven >>>>>>>>>>>>>

Ohhhhh Yeah, here comes the Democrap Pap.

"Let them eat cake," says Pelosi!

Everyone will approve.

Remember that Dem-supporting polls measure only one thing:

How successful the MSM Democrap Propaganda has been at fooling the electorate.

14 posted on 01/02/2007 1:08:50 PM PST by Candor7 (Into Liberal flatulance goes the best hope of the West, and who wants to be a smart feller?)
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To: cripplecreek
There was an AOL poll just last week that showed nearly 65% were unhappy to have "progressives" in control.

Thats probably because the nitwits they polled didn't have a clue what a progressive was.

15 posted on 01/02/2007 1:09:11 PM PST by dforest (Liberals love crisis, create crisis and then dwell on them.)
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To: Sub-Driver

What the polls say doesn't necessarily determine how world politics will exactly play out for everyone!


16 posted on 01/02/2007 1:11:17 PM PST by johnthebaptistmoore
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To: Sub-Driver

Naturally, there's no questions about impeaching Bush or raising taxes.


17 posted on 01/02/2007 1:11:45 PM PST by D-Chivas
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To: Sub-Driver
>>>The telephone survey of 1,004 adults was conduct Dec 19-21, by Ipsos, an international...<<<

DARLENE SUPERVILLE
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
18 posted on 01/02/2007 1:14:51 PM PST by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: jveritas
More to the point, what about the guy who started at $5.15 and is now making $7.15 due to hard work and being responsible? When the Minimum goes to $7.15 is he going to get a raise to $9.15...I doubt it.

So basically you have stuck a stick in the eye of the guy who worked hard and moved up the ladder. Typical democRATS.

The democRAT party is the home of ever type of criminal and pervert imaginable
19 posted on 01/02/2007 1:15:40 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Don't you think it's interesting how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather.)
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To: rhombus

"They don't really think it through and it just feels good."

I think you just summed up the mental disorder we call liberalism. They never use logic or think anything through. It's all emotion and it all sounds good.


20 posted on 01/02/2007 1:16:08 PM PST by Radio_Silence
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To: Sub-Driver

What "goals"? I haven't heard a single goal expressed coherently by a democrat yet.


21 posted on 01/02/2007 1:17:51 PM PST by Buck W. (If you push something hard enough, it will fall over.)
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To: Radio_Silence

Give a Liberal a thought and he'll repeat it mindlessly all day. Teach a Liberal to think for himself and he'll vote Republican for the rest of his life.


22 posted on 01/02/2007 1:18:11 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Don't you think it's interesting how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I wonder how those polled feel about some of their other goals like giving terrorist suspects more rights, cutting and running on the War on Terror, maintaining the right to partial birth abortion, maintaining and expanding affirmative action, giving more rights for illegals (why Pres. Bush isn't against this, I'll never understand), fighting school choice, etc


23 posted on 01/02/2007 1:18:51 PM PST by Anti-MSM
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To: Buck W.

To paraphrase President John F. Kennedy:


Let every American know, regardless of his or her wishes, that we shall pay any price, impose any burden, force any hardship (upon you), support any enemy, oppose any friend to assure the survival and the success of socialism.


Such is the nature of liberalism and the goal of Democrats.


24 posted on 01/02/2007 1:18:57 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Don't you think it's interesting how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather.)
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To: Sub-Driver

What, exactly, are their goals?


25 posted on 01/02/2007 1:19:55 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: popdonnelly

To paraphrase President John F. Kennedy:


Let every American know, regardless of his or her wishes, that we shall pay any price, impose any burden, force any hardship (upon you), support any enemy, oppose any friend to assure the survival and the success of socialism.


Such is the nature of liberalism and the goal of Democrats.


26 posted on 01/02/2007 1:20:50 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Don't you think it's interesting how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather.)
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To: popdonnelly

spend our money?


27 posted on 01/02/2007 1:22:05 PM PST by Sub-Driver (Proud member of the Republican wing of the Republican Party)
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To: Sub-Driver
The public also overwhelmingly supports: ending partial birth abortion; controlling our borders; ending the death tax; giving people the option of voluntarily investing their Social Security dollars into private investment accounts; increasing parental choice in education; a ban on gay marriage; etc.

I am waiting for the AP story: "Public Overwhelmingly Supports Conservative Agenda."

28 posted on 01/02/2007 1:22:26 PM PST by sphinx
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To: Sub-Driver
"making it easier to buy prescription drugs from other countries"

I always find it amusing that people who are otherwise free traders don't want free trade when it applies to importation of prescription drugs. The argument that U.S. citizens must pay more than citizens of other countries for prescription drugs because the drug companies need the extra money for research and development is downright ludicrous. If the drug companies need more money, than everyone should have to pay more, not just U.S. citizens. Why should we subsidize drug prices for the likes of Canada? Government control of free trade for prescription drugs, with the goal of keeping prices high only for U.S. citizens, is a liberal policy if I've ever seen one. That such a policy is supported by Republicans, all for the glory of multinational corporations, is a good indication of why the voters turned against them.
29 posted on 01/02/2007 1:22:43 PM PST by Prokopton
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To: Ouderkirk

"Give a Liberal a thought and he'll repeat it mindlessly all day. Teach a Liberal to think for himself and he'll vote Republican for the rest of his life."

That's the best line I've heard in a long, long time.

Thanks.


30 posted on 01/02/2007 1:22:49 PM PST by Radio_Silence
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To: ishabibble
I googled Darlene, and it is enlightening.

In addition to her AP/Reuters headline from 12/31/06, POLL: AMERICANS SEE GLOOM, DOOM IN 2007. Again it was an Ipsos telephone survey. Only 1,000 people in that one. The other four DUer's must have been on a beer run.

Darlene also won the Knucklehead of the Day award from blogger, Florida Masochist. Darlene wrote an article for AP on the contents of Karl Rove's garage. It was published.

FIGHT BACK. NAME THE LIARS.
31 posted on 01/02/2007 1:24:17 PM PST by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: Radio_Silence
I think you just summed up the mental disorder we call liberalism. They never use logic or think anything through. It's all emotion and it all sounds good.

Ah the "mental disorder" catch phrase...I sense a Savage fan. :-) But seriously, I really don't think it's a mental disorder; it's just laziness. Back before we started resisting Darwin, lazy thinkers didn't survive.

32 posted on 01/02/2007 1:27:53 PM PST by rhombus
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To: Sub-Driver
The jury is out on incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Most people say they do not know enough yet to have an opinion about the California Democrat

Read the "Communist Manifesto" and you will have at least a basis for your expectations.

33 posted on 01/02/2007 1:37:26 PM PST by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: moose2004
"The trick for the dems will be to get the legislations passed and the President's signature"

The Senate could be a bit of trouble for them, but, if they clear that hurdle, there's a liberal in the White House that will sign most things the Dim's want.
34 posted on 01/02/2007 1:41:39 PM PST by vetsvette (Bring Him Back)
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To: Sub-Driver

nits

specks

and

dust


35 posted on 01/02/2007 2:48:41 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Heads up, people! The Nazis are back. They're more numerous and gearing up with atomic weapons.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Who'd they poll, New York city?


36 posted on 01/02/2007 3:01:47 PM PST by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: Sub-Driver

The poll shows 55 percent don't even know who Nancy is. Bush has an unfavorable rating higher than that. So who would the people turn to in a time of crisis?


37 posted on 01/02/2007 3:09:04 PM PST by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: Prokopton
The argument that U.S. citizens must pay more than citizens of other countries for prescription drugs because the drug companies need the extra money for research and development is downright ludicrous. If the drug companies need more money, than everyone should have to pay more, not just U.S. citizens. Why should we subsidize drug prices for the likes of Canada?

Are you deliberately mischaracterizing the argument or are you simply misinformed on the issue?

The reason for price discrimination (for example, the sale of prescription drugs at different prices in different markets) is often very simple and also very understandable. Let's say for example, that you own the patent for a new drug that will cure AIDS. You have spent millions in R&D, testing, wining and dining FDA officials so that the approval process takes only years instead of decades, and also have production costs to consider. You want to make a reasonable return on your investment, and based on supply and demand the market would price your drug at $500 for a 30 day supply of the drug, with most AIDS patients needing the drug for 90 days. Most insurance companies in the US decide to include the drug in their prescription plans with varying levels of co-payment requirements, so you will have no problem selling your new drug in the US. However, Canada and other socialized medicine countries demand that you sell the drug to their socialized medicine programs at a cost of $75 per 30-day supply. This will just about cover your variable costs for whatever quantities you sell to them, based on your ability to sell your domestic supply at the market price, but if you had to sell all your production at the lower Canadian price you would never recoup your investment.

In a perfect world you could tell Canada and the other socialist countries to forget it -- if they want your new wonder drug they will have to pay the market price for it. But we live in an imperfect world in which the Canadian government brazenly threatens you that if you don't sell your new wonder drug to them at their demanded price they will subsidize a Canadian firm in stealing your intellectual property and producing their own generic version of your drug (perhaps not quite the same as yours and perhaps not quite as effective, but close enough that they can get away with selling it -- probably with your own brand name stamped on it) for production and distribution not only in Canada, but also in other markets where you would be selling your drug at the market price. Oh, and by the way, they will do this not only to your new wonder drug but also with your other products as well.

So, in order to protect your investment, you produce the drugs for the Canadians and other socialist health care systems and sell to those countries at the lower price. However, those sales are for distribution within those socialized medicine programs only and not for export to other markets. It is an unfortunate reality that to protect their intellectual property pharmaceutical companies have to subsidize the socialist healthcare systems of other countries. But if we are going to argue that we should import the "cheaper" prescription drugs of these socialized medicin programs into this country, then we might as well go all out and adopt socialized hillarycare across the board. That will help solve the social security problem as more and more of our people will be dying of variour illnesses at earlier ages that they would otherwise have survived.

38 posted on 01/02/2007 3:14:17 PM PST by VRWCmember
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To: jveritas

"I think it is a small number of workers and that is why increasing it may really have little impact either way."

Exceept for some union wages paid as a multiple of minimum wages. If you are hired at 3x minimum that makes $15.45 an hour. If minimum goes up to $7.10, congrats, you just got a raise to $21.30 an hour.

It is my belief this is about just that.


39 posted on 01/02/2007 3:55:48 PM PST by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: moose2004

lets hope so..


40 posted on 01/02/2007 5:06:02 PM PST by JSDude1 (www.pence08.com)
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To: VRWCmember
"It is an unfortunate reality that to protect their intellectual property pharmaceutical companies have to subsidize the socialist healthcare systems of other countries."

This is the greatest fallacy, of many, in your argument. Pharmaceutical companies are not subsidizing the socialist health care systems of other countries, WE ARE!
So you think its reasonable that because Canada will not pay more for their drugs we must? Why shouldn't the U.S. tell the pharmaceutical companies that we are the ones who will not pay more for their drugs. Why not tell them that if they want more money they can ask the Canadians to pay more. After all, we buy much more prescription drugs than Canada so, if market forces were allowed to work, we would have more clout.
No, the apologists for the gouging of Americans, for the sake of corporate profits, can't sell their illogic to other countries and they can't sell it to the American people.
Get the government out of the way and encourage competition among companies as suppliers and among countries as customers. The companies will always charge enough to make a profit and the price of their products will be equalized among their customers but with an edge to those who consume more. That's the free market. What the present system does, and what you propose, is for our government to act as a socialist government so as to support other socialist governments.
That Republicans support such a system is pathetic.

BTW, your predictions of what would happen to our health care if market forces were allowed to work without government interference is so silly it's laughable.
Get out of the bed of the liberals and socialist and focus on free enterprise working for the good of U.S. citizens, not our government controlling markets for the good of foreigners.
41 posted on 01/02/2007 10:13:06 PM PST by Prokopton
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