Deacon cited some of the data from the latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll in his post earlier today, but the poll results are worth viewing in full. The poll was taken in the days immediately following the election, so there may be an element of after-glow, but the results are horrific for the Democrats. Here are just a few highlights:
President Bush’s job approval is back up to 68%.
The Republican Party has a 54% favorable, 38% unfavorable rating, compared to the Democrats’ 48%/42%.
By a 50%/42% margin, the Republicans do have a clear plan for solving the country’s problems; by a 30%/60% margin, the Democrats do not have a clear plan.
By a 53%/40% margin, Americans think it is a good thing for the economy that the Republicans control both the Presidency and Congress.
60% of Democrats say the Democrats in Congress should support President Bush either more than they have so far (22%) or the same as they have been ( 38%). Only 37% of Democrats say they should oppose him more.
And finally: nothwithstanding approximately twelve million Democratic scare commercials, by a 57% to 40% margin, Americans favor reforming Social Security to allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll taxes in personal retirement accounts–a percentage that was not even dented by the campaign. And 64% support, while only 29% oppose, making the Bush tax cuts permanent.
Yikes. The Democrats had better hope those numbers are transitory.
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