Democrats take the fight to... Obama?
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's multi-million dollar ad buy across 60 congressional districts makes a statement that the party will come to the front lines to hold the House of Representatives. But what are they fighting against?
A look at results from the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll among those who live in the targeted congressional districts suggests the Democratic party may be fighting its own leader.
Views of President Obama were broadly negative among those in the targeted districts. A majority (54 percent) said they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job in the July poll, including 41 percent who "strongly" disapprove.
And confidence in the president to make the right decisions for the nation's future stood at an abysmal 36 percent. As among all adults, Republicans in Congress did not fare much better (27 percent in these districts said they have confidence in them). But more people said they lack any confidence at all in Obama (32 percent) than said so of the Republicans in Congress (23 percent).
A generic congressional ballot was about evenly split among registered voters in these districts (45 percent said they'd vote for the Democrat in their district, 48 percent the Republican), however, nearly six in 10 (57 percent) said that regardless of their own vote, they would prefer to have "the Republicans in charge of Congress to act as a check on Obama's policies."
Though residents of these districts are about the same as others in terms of party identification (overall in the poll, 31 percent said they usually think of themselves as Democrats, 24 percent Republicans; the divide in these districts is about the same), differences in ideology may inform some of these views. Those in the targeted districts are a bit more apt to call themselves conservative than those in Democratic-held districts that are not part of the ad buy.
July 30, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
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