GOP Base Still Doesn’t Value Compromise

By: Thursday January 17, 2013 1:13 pm

Among the general public recently there has been an increasing desire to see politicians compromise instead of sticking to their positions, but the Republican base still considers compromise a low priority. From Pew: When Americans are asked whether they prefer elected officials who stick to their positions or those willing to compromise, the balance of opinion [...]

Only Eight Percent of Voters Want Divided Government

By: Monday October 22, 2012 1:42 pm

I think one of the most interesting questions in the recent NBC/WSJ poll is that it ask voters what total election outcome they wanted. Almost everyone said they wanted their preferred party to win full control of Washington, while just eight percent said they desired a divide government. From NBC: Which of the following best [...]

Voters Want Less Compromising Leaders

By: Wednesday May 30, 2012 3:28 pm

Voters want their political leaders to be less compromising, not more. From Wall Street Journal: Asked whether it is more important to have a president who stands up for his convictions or who seeks common ground, the people surveyed split 56% – 38% in favor of standing for convictions. That compares with a 46%-43% split [...]

Maybe the Democratic Base is Spineless Because Party Leaders Praise Not Having Spines

By: Thursday April 7, 2011 4:57 pm

A new NBC/WSJ poll that shows self-identified Democrats think Congressional Democrats should compromise on the budget while self-identified Republicans think their elected Republican leaders shouldn’t compromise. Seeing these numbers, Matt Yglesias writes “Democratic Leaders Are Spineless Because Democratic Voters Like Spinelessness,” claiming that the pathetic response from top Democrats is them merely responding to their [...]

Will America Vote for a President that Made Them Worse Off?

By: Thursday December 9, 2010 12:20 pm

This is a pretty scary number for any White House political operative. According to a new Bloomberg news poll, over half of Americans think they are worse off now than when Obama took office. From Bloomberg: The survey, conducted Dec. 4-7, finds that 51 percent of respondents think their situation has deteriorated, compared with 35 [...]

Obama’s Tax Deal Could Damage 2012 Re-Election Chances

By: Thursday December 9, 2010 12:03 pm

Using projections from Moody’s analyst Mark Zandi, Paul Krugman came to the conclusion that the Obama-McConnell tax deal could end up hurting President Obama’s 2012 re-election bid by reducing growth rates in the critical months leading up to the election. From Krugman: Look at the Zandi estimates: they show a boost to the economy in 2011, [...]

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