Monday, October 09, 2006

Kick the Bums Out?

A new poll released by Newsweek paints a bleak picture of the Republican's chances in the upcoming midterm elections. "Fully 53 percent of Americans want the Democrats to win control of Congress next month, including 10 percent of Republicans, compared to just 35 percent who want the GOP to retain power."

Here are some of the poll's findings:
  • President Bush's approval rating, 33 percent, marks an all-time low for the Newsweek poll
  • A scant 25 percent of Americans are satisfied with the direction of the country, while 67 percent disagree
  • 58 percent of Americans "now believe the Bush administration knowingly misled the American people in building its case for war against Saddam Hussein". Only 36 percent believe it didn't
  • 64 percent believe the United States is losing ground in Iraq
  • 66 percent say the war has not made America safer from terrorism while only 29 percent believe it has
  • Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's approval rating has fallen to 30 percent, with 48 percent believing he should resign (vs. 37 percent who think he shouldn't)
And that's not even the real blockbuster stuff. Here's what has Republicans throughout the country shaking in their cowboy boots:
Democrats now outdistance Republicans on every single issue that could decide voters' choices come Nov. 7. In addition to winning—for the first time in the Newsweek poll—on the question of which party is more trusted to fight the war on terror (44 to 37 percent) and moral values (42 percent to 36 percent), the Democrats now inspire more trust than the GOP on handling Iraq (47 to 34); the economy (53 to 31); health care (57 to 24); federal spending and the deficit (53 to 29); gas and oil prices (56 to 23); and immigration (43 to 34).
What else is there, really? Unless the GOP can turn things around, and quick, they're looking at a landslide.

Of course this means the Democrats might want to start coming up with some actual plans for what they'd like to do once they finally have some power.
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