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Generic Congressional Ballot: Republicans 46%, Democrats 36% [Biggest Gap in More than a year]
Rasmussen Reports ^ | 4/16/12 | Scott Rasmussen

Posted on 04/17/2012 11:40:34 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper

Republicans, as they have for nearly three years now, continue to lead Democrats on the Generic Congressional Ballot, this time for the week ending Sunday, April 15.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters would vote for the Republican in their district’s congressional race if the election were held today, while 36% would choose the Democrat instead. This is the largest gap between the two parties since the beginning of 2011. It also doubles the gap found a week ago when the Republican led by five points, 45% to 40%.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012
3,500 likely voters.

My thoughts: the Republican base is being dragged to support Romney, but are VERY excited about putting a Republican congress--a "severely conservative" Congress--to keep Romney's liberal drifts to a minimum.

1 posted on 04/17/2012 11:40:42 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

are you sure republican even means conservative anymore?


2 posted on 04/17/2012 11:46:23 AM PDT by HenryArmitage (it was not meant that we should voyage far.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I hope that my fellow FReepers will manage to get past this FR-exclusive Mittlekins Meltdown and spend most of the next seven months enabling and enjoying the coast-to-coast smackdown the GOP is going to be putting on the ‘Rats come this November.

We need to get ‘em running and then hound them to the ends of the earth. We need to turf them out utterly and then laugh and celebrate at our emancipation from their hateful yoke.

A week after the election we can then get down to the serious business of bird-dogging Romney and all of the Pubbies from the right, and sniffing out RINOs in Congress for subsequent replacement by tea party conservatives.

But from now until election day our watchword should be “Winning!”


3 posted on 04/17/2012 11:56:22 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: HenryArmitage
are you sure republican even means conservative anymore?

How conservative was John McCain? GWB? Bob Dole? GHWB?

When did republican ever "mean" conservative?

4 posted on 04/17/2012 11:58:40 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: rogue yam

Couldn’t agree more. Well stated!


5 posted on 04/17/2012 11:58:50 AM PDT by Kahuna
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To: SoFloFreeper

AH!.. but in many areas democrats can (and do) vote multiple times..
Then theres the virus in the programming of the voting machines thingy..
Then theres the mailed out ballots thing.. god knows the scams that can happen there..

In many places the dead vote.. and aliens that are not even citizens.. and Micky Mouse, Donald Duck.. maybe even Stalin and Mao are voting.. Did I mention voting machines that scrap some votes and add to the total of others..

Voting these days may just be Theater..
After all HOW can virtual traitors take over most all networks, colleges, foundations and trusts, Universitys and even most cable?...

Somebody must be getting a lot of help from somewhere..
Obama seems to OWN the FBI, CIA, NSA, Secret Service and all the Top Brass in the Military.. the UNIONS, and Union spinoff organizations.. Soros and a gob of other Billionaires,, (with their money safely stored offshore..)


6 posted on 04/17/2012 12:01:46 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Love to see DemonRats blown out the rear...doors of congress big time.


7 posted on 04/17/2012 12:03:54 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: rogue yam

touché


8 posted on 04/17/2012 12:04:32 PM PDT by HenryArmitage (it was not meant that we should voyage far.)
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To: rogue yam

Defeating the dems delays the demise of America by a few years, but it doesn’t make it not happen.

The math does not favor a good outcome.


9 posted on 04/17/2012 12:04:32 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

We thinkers are quickly being outnumbered by those who scream for mo’ gubmint cheez.


10 posted on 04/17/2012 12:08:03 PM PDT by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: HenryArmitage
That depends on which part of the country you're in. New England or California Republicans are generally more moderate than Midwest or southern Republicans, but that shows they are acceptable to the citizens in their district. A Republican in New England or on the west coast with a southern conservative platform would not get elected. Yes, there are some exceptions to the rule, but those exceptions are few - usually large geographical areas with low population densities.

I have to drive an hour and a half east to even get in Republican district, and yes it is largely farmland.

Transplanted East Coast do-gooders, ex-hippies, unicorns and pot smokers have taken over a 50 mile strip on the west coast from Seattle to San Diego.

Be thankful these impure Republicans vote with the party the vast majority of the time.

11 posted on 04/17/2012 12:17:38 PM PDT by muleskinner
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To: bicyclerepair

ah... you’ve hit on the goal of “public education”


12 posted on 04/17/2012 12:19:22 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: SoFloFreeper

But Nancy Pelosi said that the Dems would retake the house! /sarcasm


13 posted on 04/17/2012 12:21:34 PM PDT by HOYA97 (twitter @hoya97)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I think folks are being hit in the face with the ‘cost’ of democrat-run government - gas prices, in particular. I hope the cost is $6/gal by November!


14 posted on 04/17/2012 12:26:33 PM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: bicyclerepair
We thinkers are quickly being outnumbered by those who scream for mo’ gubmint cheez.

This is a reality we face, but right now the polls indicate the opposite. The wind is at our back because the GOP is pushing an agenda that is popular with the American people, while the Democrats are saddled with unpopular positions and a terrible economy on their watch. They have health care and a 1.5 trillion dollar deficit as an albatross. We are winning the day, and need to take this opportunity to push the party as far right as possible, by pushing out DC insiders and replacing with more grassroots conservatives in the primary. Out with Lugar; get Cruz instead of Dewhurst. Back guys like Allen West and others who have a tough reelection fight ahead. If we have another big primary and election, we are going to force good legislation and force the DC leadership to do more good and stand strong on the big issues. If all goes well, we have an opportunity in 2013 to push some good tax policies and entitlement reform.

15 posted on 04/17/2012 12:27:00 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: SoFloFreeper

But Nancy Pelosi said that the Dems would retake the house! /sarcasm


16 posted on 04/17/2012 12:27:34 PM PDT by HOYA97 (twitter @hoya97)
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To: ilgipper

Deck chairs on the Titanic at this point.

In order to prevent sinking, those in elected positions would have to do things that get them unelected next cycle.


17 posted on 04/17/2012 12:33:28 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: MrB
Defeating the dems delays the demise of America by a few years, but it doesn’t make it not happen.

Here's my plan:

Step 1 - Delay the demise of America by a few years.

Step 2 - Repeat Step 1.

Step 3 - See Step 2.

etc.

18 posted on 04/17/2012 12:45:37 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: rogue yam
Already sniffed out a RINO...

And, if you're in PA, the hand-picked, party-endorsed GOP Senate candidate is a liberal millionaire who donated to Joe Sestak and admitted he voted for Obama. They've all been caught in spin and lies trying to cover his record up and bamboozle voters. So the Romney formula is being tested on at least one state battleground as well as nationally.

Whoever wins, we lose.

19 posted on 04/17/2012 12:45:51 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: ilgipper
If all goes well, we have an opportunity in 2013 to push some good tax policies and entitlement reform.

You mean entitlement reform like Newt's brilliant Social Security reform that Romney bashed in the debates and said couldn't be done? "Reform" is not in Romney's vocabulary.

20 posted on 04/17/2012 12:50:05 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: rogue yam

I’m with you on that...
It’s gonna be painful when it falls, painful worldwide.

Delay and prepare for that time, and look up!

Maranatha.


21 posted on 04/17/2012 12:51:53 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Generic poll doesn’t mean anything. This is the first congressional election of the new districts, meaning the gerrymandering is fresh and at its most effective. Expect extremely little turnover in the House, probably in excess of 93% retention, 97 or 98 wouldn’t surprise me.


22 posted on 04/17/2012 12:52:31 PM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: JediJones

If you have made up your mind to be utterly hopeless about the future then that is what you will be.

There have always been some Americans like that at every moment in our history.

But America herself has always been defined by those who believed in and worked toward creating a tomorrow that is better than today. This still defines America and it is still an option for you to join in on this project.


23 posted on 04/17/2012 12:53:20 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: hosepipe
AH!.. but in many areas democrats can (and do) vote multiple times.. Then theres the virus in the programming of the voting machines thingy.. Then theres the mailed out ballots thing..

All true and more. I am a poll watcher in PA and get sent {by request} to what was one of the most corrupt demonRAT precincts in WPA.

I carry two concealed pistols, a camera a video camera and two cell phones.

In the past 4 election cycles we have managed to clean up the roles so that no known dead people are still there, and that folks only vote once {for the most part} and that absentee fraud has been dramatically reduced.

It's is not 100% clean, but we've reduced the number of illegal votes by almost half.

This year with Voter ID, the only avenue for some fraud in this precinct will be by absentee ballot, but since we taken the dead voters off, that can't be too many opportunities here.

I know this is only one precinct out of 12,000 in PA but when we started in 2002, it had 100% voter turn out with 15% of them being deceased and another 15-20% double {triple} voting, so it has come a long way.

More people need to get involved and it is always easier to bitch but I ask all FReepers that are physically able to volunteer to become a poll watcher and be part of the solution to a real problem.

A few people that are working can make a real difference, especially in a swing state like PA or Ohio or Florida.

If you live in kalifornia, go to the beach, drink a tall cool one and relax, when the San Andreas fault lets go, you can drift away.

24 posted on 04/17/2012 1:32:01 PM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorists savages.)
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To: rogue yam

The Republican establishment and liberal media both set out to kill real reformers every time they rear their heads, like Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin. Obviously there’s hope for the future but for most reform, you need a leader who is willing to buck public opinion and risk his career, like Scott Walker. That is not the makeup of Mitt Romney in any way, shape or form. He is the status quo and not what we need in the White House. The hope still remains that something will shift in the next couple of weeks and he will lose the 45% of remaining delegates he needs to win the nomination. Beyond that there is the hope he will lose in November so we get a chance at a reformer in 4 years. Otherwise we could give him a primary challenge or be forced to try again in 8 years. If you think there’s any hope of getting an overwhelming number of the public to back something like Social Security reform, Bush already proved that will never happen. Reform has to be done by courageous politicians who care more about doing what’s right than about their own political careers.


25 posted on 04/17/2012 2:30:01 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: JediJones
If you think there’s any hope of getting an overwhelming number of the public to back something like Social Security reform, Bush already proved that will never happen.

With GWB we found out that Social Security reform would not happen in 2005 with the GOP Congress we had at the time and with the rest of that political context.

Things are different now. We have the tea party movement, Paul Ryan and others in Congress on the case, the 2008 financial crisis, the credit downgrade, the EU sovereign debt crises, the four-year slowdown, the aging of the baby boomers coupled with chronically high unemployment, etc.

Social Security will be reformed substantially over the next decade or so because the numbers don't allow for it not to be. If we have GOP majorities in Congress and a GOP President we can reform it sooner and better.

That is to be hoped for.

26 posted on 04/17/2012 4:17:07 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: rogue yam
Things are different now. We have the tea party movement, Paul Ryan and others in Congress on the case, the 2008 financial crisis, the credit downgrade, the EU sovereign debt crises, the four-year slowdown, the aging of the baby boomers coupled with chronically high unemployment, etc.

And we have a potential presidential candidate named Mitt who said in the debates that he would not follow Newt's Social Security reform plan because "we can't afford it."

Social Security will be reformed substantially over the next decade or so because the numbers don't allow for it not to be. If we have GOP majorities in Congress and a GOP President we can reform it sooner and better.

GOPs come in many shapes, sizes and flavors. Which one will we get, the good egg or the bad apple? Note, if you think higher taxes and lower benefits is "reform," think again. Newt's plan to follow the Galveston/Chilean model is a true free market reform.

27 posted on 04/17/2012 5:02:28 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: JediJones
Newt's plan to follow the Galveston/Chilean model is a true free market reform.

If we get a GOP Congress and a GOP President then we conservatives can press Congress to pass such a reform and we can demand that our GOP President not veto it.

Neither Harry Reid nor Hussein Obama will ever allow such a thing to even come to a vote.

28 posted on 04/17/2012 5:40:32 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: JediJones
You mean entitlement reform like Newt's brilliant Social Security reform that Romney bashed in the debates and said couldn't be done? "Reform" is not in Romney's vocabulary.

I am no more thrilled about Romney than the next guy, but he has embraced Paul Ryan's reforms, and they are good ones. We'll see Medicare and Medicaid reform for sure if we get a majority...and these two are at the heart of the problem.

29 posted on 04/18/2012 4:53:58 AM PDT by ilgipper
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