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Published: 11/16/10

Poll: Democrats Split On Whether Nancy Pelosi Should Remain as Leader

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Poll: Democrats Split On Whether Nancy Pelosi Should Remain as Leader

Speaker Nancy Pelosi already has announced she will seek to remain as leader of the House Democrats in the next Congress, but she doesn't have much of a mandate for keeping that job from fellow Democrats across the country, according to a CNN/Opinion Research poll conducted Nov. 11-14. Forty-seven percent of Democrats in the survey say they would prefer someone else as minority leader compared to 45 percent who want to stick with Pelosi. Four percent says it makes no difference to them who the leader is while another 4 percent have no opinion. Among the general public, 66 percent of all...

Published: 11/15/10

Poll: GOP's House Win Was Rejection of the Democrats, Not a Mandate

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Poll: GOP's House Win Was Rejection of the Democrats, Not a Mandate

Americans overwhelmingly say that the midterm election results that gave Republicans control of the House represented a rejection of the Democrats and not a mandate for the GOP, according to a CNN/Opinion Research poll conducted Nov. 11-14. (Story; Poll data). Seventy percent of those surveyed said the results were a rejection of Democratic rule in the House while 17 percent called it a mandate for Republicans. Eight percent answered "neither" and 5 percent had no opinion. "That's the classic pattern in elections like these," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland, referring to the...

Published: 11/11/10

Poll: Americans Less Enthusiastic About Midterm Outcome Than Past Political Turnovers

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Poll: Americans Less Enthusiastic About Midterm Outcome Than Past Political Turnovers

While Republicans steamrolled to a big victory in the House and made significant gains in the Senate in last week's election, there is less enthusiasm this year for the GOP win and its plans for the future than there was for the Democrats' takeover of Congress in 2006 and the Republican capture of the House in 1994, according to a Pew Research Center poll conducted Nov. 4-7. Forty-eight percent of Americans describe themselves as happy about the Republican victory compared to 34 percent who are not. By contrast, in 2006, 60 percent were happy about the Democrats' success compared to 24...

Published: 11/10/10

Parties Differ on Compromise vs. Sticking to Principles

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Parties Differ on Compromise vs. Sticking to Principles

The big question hanging over the next two years is how much room, if any, there will be for compromise and "working together" between Republicans -- with their new majority in the House and increased muscle in the Senate -- and President Obama and his fellow Democrats in Congress. That question comes into sharper focus after the successes of the tea party movement, most of whose candidates place the importance of principle over compromise, and the influence that view will have on Capitol Hill Republicans, not only as they wade through the thorny issues facing Congress but look ahead to...

Published: 11/9/10

Obama's Standing Takes a Big Hit in Swing States Compared to 2008

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Obama's Standing Takes a Big Hit in Swing States Compared to 2008

One of the things that stood out in the weekly round-up of President Obama's poll ratings by state that Poll Watch compiled up until the elections was how poorly Obama's job approval or favorability numbers looked compared to his winning margins in many states in 2008. A Public Policy Polling analysis of surveys it did in six states just before Election Day shows the same kind of result, although it does offer some glimmer of hope for Obama's re-election chances in 2012. PPP says that when Obama is matched against a generic Republican opponent in the six states, his margin for re-election...

Published: 11/8/10

Conn. Governor's Race Finally Over as Foley Concedes

By  J. Richard - AOL News
Conn. Governor's Race Finally Over as Foley Concedes

(Nov. 8) -- After taking the weekend to examine election results, Republican Tom Foley conceded the race for governor of Connecticut to Democrat Dannel Malloy during a press conference Monday in Hartford. Foley said that although the outcome of the race made him "happy and disappointed," he believes "the election on Tuesday was a conclusive victory for Dan Malloy and should not be questioned." The winner of the race could not be determined on Election Day because the results were disputed for more than 48 hours, in part because the city of Bridgeport ran out of ballots during the election...

Published: 11/8/10

Two Pollsters Take Their Lumps Based on Election Day Results

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Two Pollsters Take Their Lumps Based on Election Day Results

Two very different polling organizations have taken their lumps since Election Day now that voters have actually spoken and pre-election forecasts can be judged by the results at the polls. One is the venerable Gallup organization whose name, after 75 years in the business, is synonymous with polling. The other is Rasmussen Reports, founded in 2003, which has made itself known by the sheer volume of national and state surveys it churns out during each election cycle. Gallup is a traditional pollster which, like the Pew Research Center and most major news organizations, conducts its surveys...

Published: 11/4/10

Obstacles Ahead: Poll Finds Sharp Partisan Divide on Priorities for Washington

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Obstacles Ahead: Poll Finds Sharp Partisan Divide on Priorities for Washington

The outcome of the elections, with its GOP resurgence and its influx of candidates backed by the tea party movement, has spurred much commentary and reporting on how and whether the White House and its Democratic allies on Capitol Hill can find any common ground with the Republicans on key issues. But a pair of polls by Gallup highlights the divide that still exists among Americans in general when it comes to the issues and the political dynamics driving them. And that may well be a big obstacle to the chances for agreement among Democrats and Republicans in Washington after an election in...

Published: 11/2/10

Exit Polls Show Voters Dissatisfied With Government, Worried About Their Finances

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Exit Polls Show Voters Dissatisfied With Government, Worried About Their Finances

The first wave of exit polls Tuesday told us what the pre-election polls did: voters are unhappy with the way the federal government is working and majorities have negative views of both major parties, according to the Associated Press. The economy is by far and away the overriding issue of the campaign, with about a third of those surveyed saying someone in their household had lost a job during the past few years. Four in 10 consider themselves worse off financially than they were two years ago and an overwhelming majority are concerned that the economy might get worse in the coming...

Published: 11/1/10

Governor, Senate Poll Roundup: Looking at the Closest Races

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Governor, Senate Poll Roundup: Looking at the Closest Races

A flood of new polls on this year's key governor and Senate races came out Sunday and Monday, and here are the ones that showed the tightest races and those where the margins are larger, but the outcome is still in at least some doubt. (You can find details of these polls, and links to them, further down this posting). -- One point separates Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet and Republican Ken Buck in the Colorado Senate race, according to Public Policy Polling. Fox News/Pulse Opinion Research gives Buck a four-point lead. -- The race for governor in Connecticut, where Republican Jodi Rell...

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