BLEAK PIC­TURE

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“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.”

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@wash­ing­ton­times.com.

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