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Expectations As High As for GOP in 1994

Released: November 16, 2006

The Democrats' big win on Nov. 7 has gotten a highly favorable response from the public. In fact, initial reactions to the Democratic victory are as positive as they were to the GOP's electoral sweep of Congress a dozen years ago. Six-in-ten Americans say they are happy that the Democratic Party won control of Congress; in December 1994, roughly the same percentage (57%) expressed a positive opinion of the GOP's takeover.

Half of Americans approve of the Democrats' plans and policies for the future, which also is comparable to approval of the GOP's proposed agenda in 1994. However, there is one important area where the parallels to 1994 do not hold: By 51%-29%, more Americans want Democratic leaders * rather than President Bush * to take the lead in solving the nation's problems. Twelve years ago, the public was divided over whether GOP congressional leaders (43%), or President Clinton (39%), should take the lead in addressing national problems.....

Bush's own job approval ratings have hit a new low in the aftermath of the elections. Just 32% of Americans approve of Bush's job performance compared with 58% who disapprove. Bush's job rating stands at just 24% among political independents, who proved crucial to the Democrats' victory on Nov. 7. By 57%-39%, independent voters cast ballots for Democratic candidates, according to national exit polls. Two years ago, independent voters were more divided (50% Democrat/46% Republican). See "Centrists Deliver for Democrats," November 8, 2006).

The broad opposition to President Bush among independents is reflected in their strong preference that Democratic leaders, rather than the president, take the lead in solving the nation's problems. By more than two-to-one (53%-25%), independents believe that Democratic leaders should take the lead on issues. In the aftermath of the 1994 elections, independents * like the public generally * were divided over whether President Clinton or Republican leaders should have a leading role in dealing with issues.

The survey finds that public perceptions of the situation of Iraq have gone from bad to worse. Overall, 64% feel that the U.S. military effort in Iraq is not going well, up from 59% last month and the highest percentage since the war began. In terms of specific evaluations of the situation, increasing numbers say the U.S. is losing ground in training Iraqi security forces (up 11 points since August), reducing civilian casualties (nine points), and preventing terrorists from establishing a base in Iraq (nine points).

http://people-press.org/reports/disp...3?ReportID=296

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A victory for America and for the world!

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.



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End Usa Occupation Of Europe, Japan, South Korea!
Bring All Our Troops Home.

Do Not Send Them Anywhere, Ever Again.
Not For The U.n.
Not For The E.u.
Not For Nato.
Not For Any Reason.


The World Will 'like' Us Then.......
Really, They Will.


End Usa Occupations Of Europe And Japan And South
Korea!



Don't Wait Until 2007,
Bring Them Home Today.

Whatever Happens In Iraq After That Is The
Responsibility And Legacy Of The Democratic
Party Win. It's Their Plan. Kucinich Is Right.

Let's See What Results.


I'm For That.
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End Usa Occupation Of Europe, Japan, South Korea!
Bring All Our Troops Home.

Do Not Send Them Anywhere, Ever Again.
Not For The U.n.
Not For The E.u.
Not For Nato.
Not For Any Reason.


The World Will 'like' Us Then.......
Really, They Will.


End Usa Occupations Of Europe And Japan And South
Korea!



Don't Wait Until 2007,
Bring Them Home Today.

Whatever Happens In Iraq After That Is The
Responsibility And Legacy Of The Democratic
Party Win. It's Their Plan. Kucinich Is Right.

Let's See What Results.


I'm For That.
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