Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Poll paints grim picture for democrats

It's not uncommon for the American people to get tired of one party being in power for too long, but recent polling data shows they are more tired of Obama than Bush, Clinton, and even Jimmy Carter.

The latest polling data was reported by the Associated Press and shows that Americans lack confidence in the government's ability to protect their personal safety and economic security.

The poll also shows that 90 percent of those likely to vote in the November elections call the economy an extremely or very important issue. Considering most consider the economy to still be lagging in a recession, this does not bode well for the party in power, which so happens to be democrats.

Another interesting thing about this poll is that it reveals that 32 percent of voters want to send a message of opposition with their vote, compared to just 20 percent who want to send a message of support.  This in and of itself does not bode well for the party in power.

While the article doesn't do this, I think it's important to put these numbers in perspective.  That 32 percent is 13 points higher than in 1998 when former President Bill Clinton was headed to impeachment, higher than in 2008 when Americans were fed up with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and higher than in 1980 when voters were fed up with Jimmy Carter's agenda.

I'm not the kind of person who takes much stock in polls, although I thought this one was rather significant so close to an election. Similar to how democrats marched to office near the end of the Bush years, republicans might be marching come November -- yet perhaps on a greater scale.