“The latest polling paints a pretty bleak picture for Democrats. Voted into office on a wave of ‘change,’ they are now seen as part of the problem,” Amy Walter writes at www.nationaljournal.com.
“What’s particularly interesting about this new data is that it came from pro-Democratic organizations. Among likely voters in the Democracy Corps polling, Democrats held just a 2-point advantage on the generic ballot test. Polling taken for Daily Kos showed Democrats with a slightly larger 5-point lead. This is a big drop from the doubledigit lead the party enjoyed in 2008,” Ms. Walter said.
“Given that we’re still 11 months away from an election, the ballot test should be taken with a hefty helping of salt. Even so, it suggests that Democrats will be carrying baggage in 2010 that they didn’t have in 2008.
“More ominously for Democrats, the Democracy Corps memo notes that for the first time since 2002, voters say that Republicans would do a better job on the economy. The 3-point GOP advantage on the issue, the memo notes, is ‘a turnabout from a 16-point Democratic lead in May.’ The real question is whether Democrats will be able to regain this advantage next year when the focus moves off health care and onto jobs and the economy.”
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