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Friday, April 4, 2008
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the AP: Poll: 81 percent think US on wrong track

More than 80 percent of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, the highest such number since the early 1990s, according to a new survey.

The CBS News-New York Times poll released Thursday showed 81 percent of respondents said they believed “things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track.” That was up from 69 percent a year ago, and 35 percent in early 2002.


Seventy-eight percent of respondents said the country was worse off than five years ago; just 4 percent said it was doing better.

All of this translates, electorally speaking, into bad news for the McCain and the GOP in general, as such views lead to a push for “change.” True, the Democrats have been in charge of the Congress since January of 2007, but the long-term policy failures are associated primarily (if not exclusively) with the Republicans. At the top of that list is Iraq and the economy. Iraq is clearly Bush’s war, and has been heavily supported by the GOP in general. In regards to the economy, President’s bear the brunt and receive the accolades for the economy, even if they aren’t anywhere near as influential in that area as the public thinks that they are.

All of this (and more) sums to the notion that a good portion of the reason that we are on the wrong track is because of Republicans governance. As such, I return to my initial statement: this doesn’t bode well for the GOP at the ballot box in November.

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  1. Steven,

    I believe you’re right. For some time I been predicting 2008 is going to be bad news for the GOP. This just reinforces the view we have.


    Comment by The Florida Masochist — Friday, April 4, 2008 @ 9:33 am

  2. Hrmmm . . . unrelated, but Clinton wants to appoint another czar - a poverty czar. (Read it on Politico.)

    You shall BOW before our public officers named for the title for Russia’s corrupt emperors!

    Comment by B. Minich — Friday, April 4, 2008 @ 10:51 am

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    Pingback by PoliBlog (TM): A Rough Draft of my Thoughts » Oh Noes! Another Czar Suggestion — Friday, April 4, 2008 @ 11:08 am

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  5. Then why is McCain leading polls against Hillary or Barack?

    Comment by CV — Friday, April 4, 2008 @ 12:23 pm

  6. It is way too early for those polls to tell us much, to be honest.

    Early in 1988, for example, Dukakis was well ahead of Bush 41, and yet went on to be crushed (just to name one example)/

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Friday, April 4, 2008 @ 3:02 pm

  7. […] A New Poll Spells Bad News For The Republicans and Poliblog has the details. […]

    Pingback by Around The Campaign 2008 Sphere April 6, 2008 — Sunday, April 6, 2008 @ 11:28 am

  8. The real question is how much longer will the Republican party remain as a relevant political party in the United States. Demographic changes in the U.S. will eventually make the Republicans irrelevant due to increasing black and Hispanic populations and shrinking white populations. However, if Obama wins the general election and the Democrats get 60 seats in the Senate, the Republicans could be irrelevant by 2112 when more than half of the U.S. House seats will be safely Democratic.

    Comment by superdestroyer — Sunday, April 6, 2008 @ 2:57 pm

  9. While you may be right in your forecast, this poll neither supports nor refutes your case.
    As a professional marketer, I can assure you that this type of question serves zero research value and was either asked out of ignorance or to promote an internal agenda as part of a story. I’ll leave that determination up to you and your readers.
    However, I can easily show you why this type of question is completely useless for making decisions (or forecasts). Left-winger will agree with the survey question because they are dismayed we are still in Iraq. Right-wingers will agree with the survey because they are dismayed that Bush and Congress continue to spend like it is 1929. Any question that will receive vehement agreement from the left and right - for completely different reasons - is useless for making predictions about November. About the only prediction I would make from this polls is that Congress and the President probably have very low approval ratings…

    Comment by Lance — Tuesday, April 8, 2008 @ 5:56 pm

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