Pew: Public Wants Democrats To Take Lead On Solving Nation’s Problems

To some degree this may be cirular, but the latest Pew Survey finds that the same Americans who voted in the Democrats are happy that they won. They compared these findings to public reaction over the GOP’s victory in 1994. Many of the results are similar (obviously in reverse) except that the public has a stronger desire now for Democrats to take the lead in solving the nation’s problems than comparable results regarding the Republicans in 1994:

The Democrats’ big win on Nov. 7 has gotten a highly favorable response from the public. In fact, initial reactions to the Democratic victory are as positive as they were to the GOP’s electoral sweep of Congress a dozen years ago. Six-in-ten Americans say they are happy that the Democratic Party won control of Congress; in December 1994, roughly the same percentage (57%) expressed a positive opinion of the GOP’s takeover.

Half of Americans approve of the Democrats’ plans and policies for the future, which also is comparable to approval of the GOP’s proposed agenda in 1994. However, there is one important area where the parallels to 1994 do not hold: By 51%-29%, more Americans want Democratic leaders ­ rather than President Bush ­ to take the lead in solving the nation’s problems. Twelve years ago, the public was divided over whether GOP congressional leaders (43%), or President Clinton (39%), should take the lead in addressing national problems.

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  1. 1
    michael says:

    “Half of Americans approve of the Democrats’ plans and policies for the future”

    Which are?

  2. 2
    Ron Chusid says:

    If you paid attention to anything beyond the right wing talking points you’ve been repeating around here, you might have a clue.

    As the survery reports, “By 51%-29%, more Americans want Democratic leaders ­ rather than President Bush ­ to take the lead in solving the nation’s problems” Those who have actually been paying attention voted out the Republicans and want the Democrats to take over.

  3. 3
    kj says:

    Michael has no clue. Michael is a parrot. Colorful, but incapable of doing anything but repeating words he’s been taught to repeat.

  4. 4
    kj says:

    And you know, I think the parrots are having a hard time right now. They’ve lost their slim majority and the fear is we godless heathen (except for all the liberals who AREN’T godless heathens!) science-spouting, commen-sense, kitchen table mix of liberalism and conservatism voters might possibly be winning over the NeoConArtist GWB PNAC’s… well, you can just imagine the fear.

    Lots of fear. Lots of anger. Lots of namecalling. That’s okay. We can take the Michaels. We’ve taken on much worse, Bush.

  5. 5
    kj says:

    “Jobs, health care, education, energy independence, a safer America, a dignified retirement — that’s what the Democrats are all about and we’re going to do that in the first 100 hours,” [Nancy] Pelosi said on the campaign trail.”

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    battlebob says:

    Michael,
    We have answered point by point your charges against Kerry.
    Kerry is doing his best to get the troops out of this war like he did his best to get the troops out of VN. As a result, he gets moronic smear charges made agianst him.
    But, enough about discussing your limitations.

    Why not tell us why you are so much in love with a loser like Bush? I have yet to find someone who can answer that question without distorting the truth.
    Ignorance does not give you a free ride in life.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    We could have gotten Michael excited by saying the plans are to socialize the means of production, confiscate all guns and bibles, send conservatives to re-education camps, and disband the military. This is probably what he reads at his usual source of informaiton. Holliwood druggies will be in charge of everything–especially Micahel Moore.

    (Just in case there is any confusion, and Michael seems easily confused, these are not the Democrat’s plans.)

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