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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

36

That's the percentage of the vote the two parties are knotted at in a general ballot test in a national poll conducted by the Republican National Committee and obtained exclusively by the Fix.

Asked whether they would vote for a generic Republican candidate or a generic Democratic candidate in November 2010, 36 percent chose the first option while the same 36 percent opted for the second. Twenty eight percent of those tested said they were undecided about who to vote for.

Those numbers represent improvement for Republicans from a similar RNC poll conducted in June where Democrats held a 38 percent to 33 percent edge on the general ballot question.

And, looking deeper into the numbers from the August RNC survey, there is more reason for optimism for Republicans. Among self-identified independents, the GOP share in the generic ballot question rose from 20 percent in June to 27 percent in August -- although that growth largely came out of undecideds jumping off the fence during that time rather than Democrats defecting. Among those 65 years of age and older -- a critical voting bloc in a midterm election -- Republicans gained five points on the generic ballot test between June and August.

The numbers -- like all polls -- should be taken with a grain of salt. The poll was conducted for the RNC and, as such, it's not surprising that the results produced look good for that party.

But, before you dismiss the numbers as nothing more than partisan politics, it's worth noting that the data is not far off of other recent generic ballot surveys.

A Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll conducted earlier this month which asked respondents which party's candidate they would like to see more of elected in 2010 (not exactly a generic ballot but close) showed Democrats at 32 percent, Republicans at 29 percent and "unsure" at 39 percent -- a marked drop off from results produced by that same question over the last few years.

And, a Democracy Corps poll conducted by Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg put the generic ballot at 47 Democrat, 43 Republican -- numbers not far off of the RNC data.

As we have written many times before, the generic ballot should not be taken as a guide to whether any one Member of Congress will lose. Instead, it tends to provide some guidance as to the overall mood of voters toward the two parties and works broadly as an indicator of which party is better positioned to pick up seats.

In 2006 and 2008, Democrats enjoyed a wide lead in the generic ballot, which Republicans believe inherently favors the opposition under the best of circumstances, and took over more than 50 seats in that time.

The erosion of President Barack Obama's approval numbers in the first eight months of his Administration -- and the ongoing struggle to pass some sort of meaningful health care reform -- are almost certainly responsible for the Republican rise on the generic ballot.

But, for a party that has had no good news to tout for the better part of the last two election cycles, the generic ballot movement suggests that the political climate has begun to improve for Republicans.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 10, 2009; 11:25 AM ET
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So What if Rep. Wilson got more than $1 million in those same 24 hours? We only have 1/2 of the story here.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Rob Miller, Joe Wilson's opponent in 2010, took in $600,000 in the 24 hours after Joe Wilson disgraced himself. He's mailing to contributors trying to get it all the way to a neat million.

http://www.robmillerforcongress.com

Don'cha love the Internets?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 11, 2009 3:02 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how much Rob Miller, Wilson's opponent in 2010, got today?

He got a spankin' new C-note from me.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 10, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

The most important number in politics today: the $1 million the DNC raises in online donations after Rep. Wilson's outburst.

Posted by: nodebris | September 10, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Is there anyone less civil than Joe Wilson?

Well, Joe Wilson apologized for his outburst immediately after the speech, and again today.

==

Dress up a slave in the King's robes and you still have a cringing slave.

Dress up a Neanderthal Republican with an apology and he still has a heavy brow ridge.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 10, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, when I heard it was "Joe Wilson" my first thought was "Why does Mr. Valerie Plame have a beef against Obama?".

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

mikeinmidland:

At least no one stood up and shouted that Obama is a "racist swine".

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Is there anyone less civil than Joe Wilson?

Well, Joe Wilson apologized for his outburst immediately after the speech, and again today.

Others are still defending it. I'd say they are less civil.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | September 10, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

First of all, there's no lie.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

If we only pass this giant stimulus right this second, we will prevent unemployment from going over 8%.

If we only pass this monstrosity of a health care "reform", we will save money and improve coverage while not allowing any illegals or abortions, even if I won't allow that exact language into the bill.

Judge me by the people around me.

My era is post-racial, replete with bipartisanship, centrist views and economic know-how.

Posted by: snowbama | September 10, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Third of all, is Barack Obama even legally President of the United States?

Fourth of all (assuming he is), if it is now inapproriate to call the President a Liar, what changed from GWB?

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

First of all, the "lie" is that Obamacare will have "affordability credits" which (on paper) are not supposed to go to illegal aliens, but will no doubt end up with at least some illegal aliens -- that's what Rep. Wilson is objecting to -- as mikeinmidland and shrink2 admitted on the previous thread, there's no enforcement against that from happening now and the Dems rejected any such amendment to H.R. 3200 to provide for enforcement in Obamacare too.

Second of all, you were banned once before as "chrisfox8" (something you have admitted I am telling the truth about) yet you still post here. Why should anyone listen to anything YOU have to say?

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

"In their styes with all their backing
They don't care what goes on around
In their lives there's something lacking
What they need's a damned good whacking"
-- G. Harrison (1967)

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 10, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

mikeinmidland:

Did you even watch the video clip from link I provided? That sounds like "BOO!!!" to me.

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I take it we all agree it is inapproriate to call the President a Liar?

==

First of all, there's no lie.

Second of all, a Republican is the last person on earth anyone would look to for any illumination on truth and falsehood. If you presume that everything any Republican says is a lie you won't have many occasions to regret. And that's a fact.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 10, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Exactly, snowbama!

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

But who cares about facts when screeching for some attention? Anyone? Anyone? Anyone?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite


I think everyone on this blog recognizes that you are the ultimate expert on this subject. Prattle on.

Posted by: snowbama | September 10, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I take it we all agree it is inapproriate to call the President a Liar?

Even if he is?

I am pretty sure the Liberals on this blog will have a very nuanced view of this.

Posted by: snowbama | September 10, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Indistinct grumbling is not equivalent to yelling "you lie!" The Bush grumblers were probably talking to each other, but certainly not yelling "boo" or anything else at Bush.

==

And the guy who threw the shoe wasn't a Democrat, he was an Iraqi expressing his gratitude to Bush at being liberated from Saddam Hussein.

But who cares about facts when screeching for some attention? Anyone? Anyone? Anyone?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 10, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Indistinct grumbling is not equivalent to yelling "you lie!" The Bush grumblers were probably talking to each other, but certainly not yelling "boo" or anything else at Bush.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | September 10, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Comparisons between Bush and Obama are inapplicable. Obama is an adult.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 10, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

We need a 'probe' into all affairs between Congress and lobbyists nationally:

"Here are the additional major developments in the "Hot Mike" Duvall story, in which the married California GOP lawmaker and family values crusader resigned yesterday after a hot mic picked up his bragging to a colleague about his sexual encounters with two women -- one of whom is a lobbyist for an energy company before the committee of which he is vice chair:

• Duvall's resignation will not stop lawmakers from investigating the matter, including whether Duvall traded votes or other influence on utilities issues for sex, according to Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, a Democrat. Indeed, one member of the ethics panel that will oversee the investigation told the Los Angeles Times that it could expand to look at other lawmakers' affairs with lobbyists.

• The LA Times reported that, several times this year, Duvall voted against renewable energy measures opposed by Sempra Energy -- the employer of the woman reported to be one of the subjects of his lewd boasting.

Posted by: drindl | September 10, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow: RNC poll shows grounds for Republican optimism. Thanks for the update, CC.

==

Mitch Daniels!! Mitt Romney!! Tim Pawlenty!! Newt Gingrich!! Palin!! Palin!!! Palin!!! PALIN@@@@!!$

I don't come here for the columns anymore.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 10, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

What a joke.

DRIVEL.

Posted by: drindl |


no need to sign your name, dear. the machine does it for you.

Posted by: snowbama | September 10, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

The outburst last night did not help the GOP and only reinforces what the president said. It has not been a good week so far for the GOP.

==

They've turned into one of those flying-saucer-chasing suicide cults.

When you have Congressman heckling the President during a speech it's all over. Even if there were anything to the screaming, the fact of such boorish incivility from an elected official defines a lunatic fringe party.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 10, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

ModerateVoter:

We'll see on Election Day.

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

FOX easily won the night dominating the adults 18-49 and adults 18-34 demos.

From 8pm-9pm the president averaged 21.2 million
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

No surprise there. Fox wins again. and of note, the Drone got a total of 7% of the nation watching him. Or, you could say 93% are sick and tired of his whiney voice and lies.

Who thinks any network will host this clown again?

"so you think you can dance" beat "I can dance around the facts".

Posted by: snowbama | September 10, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

We need a 'probe' into all affairs between Congress and lobbyists nationally:

"Here are the additional major developments in the "Hot Mike" Duvall story, in which the married California GOP lawmaker and family values crusader resigned yesterday after a hot mic picked up his bragging to a colleague about his sexual encounters with two women -- one of whom is a lobbyist for an energy company before the committee of which he is vice chair:

• Duvall's resignation will not stop lawmakers from investigating the matter, including whether Duvall traded votes or other influence on utilities issues for sex, according to Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, a Democrat. Indeed, one member of the ethics panel that will oversee the investigation told the Los Angeles Times that it could expand to look at other lawmakers' affairs with lobbyists.

• The LA Times reported that, several times this year, Duvall voted against renewable energy measures opposed by Sempra Energy -- the employer of the woman reported to be one of the subjects of his lewd boasting.

Posted by: drindl | September 10, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

There is a time and a place for expressing one's mind. The forum last night could not have been worse for the GOP. Say whatever you want after on the various news shows.

The outburst was an unexpected bonus that only helped the president.

The rhetoric from the GOP needs to be tempered down. Get rid of all the crazy statements from the GOP over the last several months and their poll numbers would be better.

Posted by: ModerateVoter | September 10, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Stutter much?

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"...a national poll conducted by the Republican National Committee and obtained exclusively by the Fix."

Does the RNC really have a feeding tube up The Fix's nose?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | September 10, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Here's the complete link to the 8 lawsuits against Lord Doctor Boustany, the rebuke from the Medical Board, and how he lost his credentials to practice medicine, and becamse a lobbyist for insurance companies... little conflict of interest, anyone?

He's accepted over a million in contributions from them.

http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/did-you-wonder-why-boustany-gave-repu

yet another slimy rightwing creep

Posted by: drindl | September 10, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Here's the complete link to the 8 lawsuits against Lord Doctor Boustany, the rebuke from the Medical Board, and how he lost his credentials to practice medicine, and becamse a lobbyist for insurance companies... little conflict of interest, anyone?

He's accepted over a million in contributions from them.

http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/did-you-wonder-why-boustany-gave-repu

yet another slimy rightwing creep

Posted by: drindl | September 10, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

ModerateVoter:

Rep. Wilson was simply taking pResident Obama's advice and CALLING OUT LIES.

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I think that pretty much wraps up the failed presidency of Hopey McChange. He has demonstrated a complete lack of leadership, a dizzying proclivity to tax and spend, a worship of regulation and anti-capitalism, a stomping of liberty and a desire for dictatorial shadow government centered on him. Even sensible Democrats are abandoning ship, leaving the remains to the rats. One last big flowery speech with droning on about nothing new and thuggery was perfect for his tombstone. The legacy will be much like Carter - one and out with a lesson learned about Liberal governance. Looks like a landslide in 2010 with the House and maybe the Senate flipping over. Maybe that event will put a human expression on Pelosi's face for once. Meanwhile, you can look forward to more and more unwatched speeches about victims, lies, bullies, thugs and threats. But this is not Chicago Capone.

Posted by: snowbama | September 10, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

One would think that Americans dislike for incumbents (despite the fact they get reelected) points to an issue with the GOP.

One would think the GOP should be doing better. It may still point to issues with the GOP.

The outburst last night did not help the GOP and only reinforces what the president said. It has not been a good week so far for the GOP.

Posted by: ModerateVoter | September 10, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Wow: RNC poll shows grounds for Republican optimism. Thanks for the update, CC.

Posted by: nodebris | September 10, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Here's the complete link to the 8 lawsuits against Lord Doctor Boustany, the rebuke from the Medical Board, and how he lost his credentials to practice medicine, and becamse a lobbyist for insurance companies... little conflict of interest, anyone?

He's accepted over a million in contributions from them.

http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/did-you-wonder-why-boustany-gave-repu

yet another slimy rightwing creep

Posted by: drindl | September 10, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I see the nutjobs from the left are busy attacking anyone who opposes them on personal grounds. Of course, touching the issues and debating them would be toxic to their cause.

Posted by: snowbama | September 10, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Here's details of how Lord Boustany was suckered into buying a fake British title by scam artists...

http://www.dailykingfish.com/diary/795/

Posted by: drindl | September 10, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

It is utterly astonishing how detached from reality the ultra left wing of the Dem party is

==

Anyone who thinks there is any "left wing" in American politics in any shape or form is someone in no position to lecture anyone else on "detachment."

Now go attend the morning meds meeting and tell the doctors it's time to up your Haldol.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 10, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

It is utterly astonishing how detached from reality the ultra left wing of the Dem party is.

Posted by: snowbama | September 10, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Here's who they chose to respond to Obama -- a crackpot malpracticing 'doctor.' Figures:

' Rachel Maddow of MSNBC reports he attempted to purchase a "Lordship Title" from British scam artists.)

I think "Doctor" Boustany (as he prefers to be called) is an interesting choice for the GOP rebuttal. After all, not only does he seem to enjoy seeking legal redress for some colorful problems, he's also been the defendant in at least eight malpractice suits. From the DCCC:

Congressman Charles Boustany’s more colorful lawsuits suing con artists who told him he could become a British Lord and suing a construction company for “mental anguish” over a pool resurfacing job shouldn’t overshadow the fact that Boustany has been sued for medical malpractice by eight patients.

Boustany was found at fault by the Louisiana Medical Review Panel twice – including a two-year old child Boustany performed an unnecessary and debilitating heart operation on and a woman whose right leg was amputated as the result of complications from surgery – and patients were awarded damages totaling nearly $2 million.

Since 1992, Boustany has been sued for malpractice by eight separate patients. Boustany was found in fault by the state Medical Review Panel.

Boustany was sued for medical malpractice for surgery performed on a child and found in fault by the state medical review board. The plaintiff received $600,000 in compensation as a result.

Melanie Malagarie sued Boustany for medical malpractice stemming from surgery performed on her young daughter, Leonette. When Leonette was an infant she underwent heart surgery for a condition called Tetrology of Falot.

The surgery was described as being a “good result,” according to court documents. Shortly before Leonette turned three, Boustany recommended surgery described as a “complete repair of Tetrology of Falot.”

Posted by: drindl | September 10, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Must have been a great speech because the blog is littered with blown Republican gaskets this morning.

Looks like even our snivelling cringing little racist even managed to elicit a few responses.

Both in the Congress and in the blog the GOPpers managed to underscore their childishness and uselessness all over again, and to an astonishing extent. Just amazing that an entire wing of our politics and one of the two major parties could melt down so spectacularly.

Save it with the GOP resurgence stuff, Chris, you're not fooling anyone. The party of Sarah Palin and Joe Wilson is beyond the pale.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 10, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

The liberal media lie:

Here's NBC's 'First Read,' that Chuck Todd is all about says this:

*** Fixing the public option fetish: But the speech also will be a failure if progressives -- Obama’s second audience tonight -- are still obsessing over the public option a week from now. We've said this before and we'll say it again: Obama never made the public option the focus of his health-care ideas, in the primaries or in general election. In fact, he never uttered the words "public option" or "public plan" in his big campaign speeches on health care. But there is no doubt that the public option has fired up the left, and how he sells them near-universal coverage and lower costs -- even if it means no public plan -- could very well be the trickiest part of tonight's speech. Indeed, that the White House allowed this to become the be-all, end-all on the left ("Public option or die!") remains a mystery. On TODAY this morning, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that “there can be no reform without adequate choice and competition,” but didn’t say that choice and competition had to come from a public option.

You will never hear anything like this said about conservatives. Passionately supporting a piece of legislation that we consider vital to real health care reform is now considered a fetish by NBC. WTF is that?
Craig Crawford:

NBC News calls the public option a "fetish." Providing insurance to Americans who cannot afford or obtain coverage is a fetish? A fetish? Have things gone so awry that health care for all is considered a deviant concept. Seems to me that big media's knee-jerk defense of the status quo is the real fetish.

Craig nails it...in a good way that is and without a spanking reference that would be considered un-serious by the beltway elite. "

Posted by: drindl | September 10, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Donate to Rep. Joe Wilson here:

https://www.completecampaigns.com/public.asp?name=Wilson&page=2

If you prefer to mail a check the old fashioned way:

Joe Wilson for Congress
P.O. Box 2145
West Columbia, SC 29171

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

President Obama's very big, incredibly important, game changing speech-to-end-all-speeches on health care cam across as panicky, too high pitched, and schoolyard bullyish. The president's theme was obvious early on: Nothing that was said against his plan in August had merit and certainly nothing that came up at the townhalls was legitimate.

"Misinformation," "bogus claims," "scare tactics," "such a charge would be laughable,' "it is a lie plain and simple" --welcome to the civil discourse of the hope and change era.

Posted by: snowbama | September 10, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

How much has Rep. Wilson raised? Look, guys, ad hominem personal attacks against Wilson are logical fallacies. Even if Charles Manson himself stood up and called out this lie, it wouldn't effect whether illegal aliens not getting Obamacare is a "lie" or not.

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Wilson's outburst has cost him too. His opponent next year (Rob Miller) has raised 200,000 dollars since his now infamous outburst last night.
The GOP jsut can't seem to help but shoot itself in the foot.

Posted by: AndyR3 | September 10, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama Lied, Seniors Died!!!

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Similarly, Obama claimed “most of this plan can be paid for by finding savings within the existing health care system, a system that is currently full of waste and abuse.” If $675 billion equals “most” of the $900 billion Obama says his proposal would cost, why wait to get those savings? Finally, there is abortion and illegal immigrants. Obama said “no federal dollars” will fund abortions under his proposal and “the reforms I am proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.” If Obama truly believes that, then he will have no objection when Democrats in Congress reverse their previous votes barring such provisions from the legislation when they were proposed by Republicans. In short, did the president sleep through August?

Posted by: snowbama | September 10, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Suddenly, it is tasteless to call the Present edent a liar.

Even when he is this time.

I love the magic fairy dust that pays for all this out of eliminating waste and abuse.

how incredibly arrogant of Dems. Just how gullible do they think we are. Well he did get voted in.

Posted by: snowbama | September 10, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Here are some excerpts from the speech that I thought were noteworthy:

Instead of honest debate, we have seen scare tactics.
Then, a few minutes later:

Everyone in this room knows what will happen if we do nothing. Our deficit will grow. More families will go bankrupt. More businesses will close. More Americans will lose their coverage when they are sick and need it most. And more will die as a result.
By far the biggest scaremonger on this issue has been Obama himself.

Well the time for bickering is over. The time for games has passed.
I'm not sure whether Obama and his handlers understand how this sort of talk grates on those of us who are not liberal Democrats (a large majority of the country). Debating public policy issues is not "bickering." Disagreeing with a proposal to radically change one of the largest sectors of our economy is not a "game." This kind of gratuitous insult--something we never heard from President Bush, for example--is one of the reasons why many consider Obama to be mean-spirited.

[I]nsurance companies will be required to cover, with no extra charge, routine checkups and preventive care, like mammograms and colonoscopies - because there's no reason we shouldn't be catching diseases like breast cancer and colon cancer before they get worse.
How does that work? Better coverage for more people at less cost. Does anyone actually believe that is possible? I don't think so.

This exchange will take effect in four years, which will give us time to do it right.
But wait! Aren't people dying? The Democrats tried to ram their bill through Congress before the August recess, with essentially no debate and with virtually no one having read it. Their theory was that we are facing such a dire emergency that there is not a moment to lose. If, in fact, we have four years to spare, could we maybe stop trying to cram the bill down Americans' throats?

Posted by: snowbama | September 10, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Last night's speech only got a combined 13.2 rating in the early metered markets across NBC (5.5), ABC (4.7) and CBS (3.0). One ratings point = 1% of the television homes. LOL!!! Along with his job approval ratings, still sinking like a stone in water.

pResident Obama's first speech to Congress in February drew a 24.5 metered-market household:

http://tvbythenumbers.com/2009/09/10/early-ratings-potus-sytycd-glee-antm-and-agt/26696

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Adam Nagourney, the NYTimes reporter, got a reputation online for titling almost every story, 'Democrats in Disarray." he bacame a laughingstock.

Try to come up with some variations, CC -- of 'repubicans have reason for optimism,' hmm? You look cute n the little skirt, but your pompoms are getting frayed.

Posted by: drindl | September 10, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

'there is more reason for optimism for Republicans.'

Jesus, how many thousands of times a day does he say this?

Posted by: drindl | September 10, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

And, here I thought that the most important number in politics this morning would be the low ratings for last night's speech. Oh well.

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Ah, a timely "general ballot" poll. Taken before Obama's speeches on the value of education and the importance of health reform, and released just after. Nice trick, CC(R).

Posted by: mikeinmidland | September 10, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

This is an RNC survey. What do you want to be all the respondents were Republican? What a joke.

DRIVEL.

Posted by: drindl | September 10, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

These numbers would be important CC if we were approaching an election, but that number I bet will go down after last nights speech by Obama and the GOP's junior high school assembly behavior. It would be at least four points in this type of survey.

Posted by: AndyR3 | September 10, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

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