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Rassmussen Reports conducted an interesting poll that included Tea Party candidates on a generic congressional ballot. The results of the three-way race ???
Democrats - 36%
Tea Party - 23%
Republican - 18%
Undecided - 22%
More results from the poll:
Among voters not affiliated with either major party, the Tea Party comes out on top. Thirty-three percent (33%) prefer the Tea Party candidate, and 30% are undecided. Twenty-five percent (25%) would vote for a Democrat, and just 12% prefer the GOP.
Among Republican voters, 39% say they’d vote for the GOP candidate, but 33% favor the Tea Party option.
This shows that non-Democrat voters prefer the Tea Party movement to the GOP. Pretty interesting when you consider the Tea Party isn't even a political party and has no candidates for office. The Rassmussen poll was more of an ideological exercise than anything else, but it reflects the mood of the public. Unaffiliated voters prefer the Tea Party movement to both Republicans and Democrats. Republicans barely beat the Tea Party among REPUBLICAN voters. In addition, Rasmussen's daily presidential tracking poll showed that only 55% of conservatives consider themselves Republicans. This is what happens when Republicans abandon conservative principles, as they did during the Bush presidency, but many Republicans and most of the mainstream media (who want the Democrats to win) are still promoting the silly idea that the GOP needs to move to the center to become successful. I'd say the polling shows precisely the opposite.
There is some good news for the GOP, however. They are leading the Democrats on the Rassmussen generic congressional ballot by 44% to 37%. This is more a reflection of dissatisfaction with the policies of President Obama and the Democratic Congress than any endorsement of the GOP in my opinion, especially regarding the health care reform effort moving it's way through Congress. Public issue polling backs up this assertion, as follows:
November 24th Rassmussen ObamaCare poll - 56% opposed, 38% in favor.
November 18th Quinnipiac ObamaCare poll - 51% opposed, 35% in favor.
RealClearPolitics (average of all polls) on ObamaCare - 49% opposed, 40% in favor.
Obama's overall approval rating has been steadily dropping since his inauguration, and Quinnipiac had his approval rating at 48% recently, the first time Obama has dropped below 50% approval.
The RealClearPolitics poll of Congressional Job Approval - 27% approve, 64.3% disapprove.
My utopian solution would be to dismantle the Republican party and replace it with something better, a lot better, but I know that's not going to happen anytime soon, if ever. Democrats and Republicans set the rules for political candidates, and they design those rules to heavily favor Democrats and Republicans. The game is rigged to perpetuate a two-party monopoly (I guess "duopoly" would be the more correct term).
Bottom line message to both Democratic and Republican politicians....we don't like you very much.
Message to liberals - Encourage a third party to blossom around the Tea Party movement (instead of calling them crazy racist nutjobs. Liberals only discredit liberals when they resort to such tactics). That would split the vote and allow liberals to crawl through the divide to victory, even though liberals poll the lowest of all, far lower than conservatives and moderates.