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Six Months To Screw It Up

Posted by Daniel on Friday, May 12, 2006

The polls are in, and I'm already hearing some cocky chatter among many democratic politicians and organizations. It's pathetic and it only serves to show that these Dems. care more about polls than being true to the issues.

One poll, conducted for CNN by Opinion Research Corp., found that 52 percent of respondents who were registered voters said they were leaning toward voting for a Democrat, while 38 percent said they were leaning toward a Republican.

Ten percent said they didn't know how they would vote or that they would choose a candidate not from the two major parties.

Among all Americans, the poll found 50 percent leaning toward Democrats, 37 leaning toward the Republicans and 3 percent intending to vote for non-majority candidates. Ten percent had no opinion

The poll, based on telephone interviews with 1,021 adult Americans between Friday and Sunday, had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Republicans are suffering politically, the poll suggested, because nearly half of the Americans interviewed said they think the country is on the wrong track.

Forty-six percent of respondents said they believed things were going well and 53 percent said they felt things were going badly. Two percent had no opinion. The question had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

The figures are nearly reversed from what a similar CNN poll found in February, when 51 percent of respondents said they thought things were going well and 47 percent said things were going badly.

Republicans enjoy a 29-seat majority in the House and a 10-seat majority in the Senate, but political watchers say those majorities, especially the one in the House, may be threatened.

Democrats would need to pick up 15 seats to regain the House and six seats to take control of the Senate.

Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri – who does not represent THe Tempest – , the No. 3 Republican official in the House, told CNN he isn't worried about his party losing power.

"Between now and [the midterm elections], the Democrats are going to be forced to define what they're for," said Blunt, who is the majority whip.

"That's going to work to our advantage as it works to our advantage to have a chance to explain what we're for," Blunt went on to say.

Congressional Republicans have also been weighed down by the public's low opinion of President Bush's job performance.

What's important to note here is that politicians from both sides of the isle are only too quick to brush off polls, especially when the polls are not in their favor. When you hear politicians claiming they don't pay attention to polls, know that they are lying.

Even Bush, after hearing that his poll numbers were botto0ming out on one issue or another, has done many "180's – after having standing firm behind his, "I don't care about polls…" rhetoric.

In the months to come, The Tempest will be featuring more articles about political candidates – both Democrat & Republican. When a political candidate mentions their stance on any issue, they'd better be telling the truth because I intend to post any information that proves they are lying. There will be over a thousand of other bloggers doing the same.

Together, we intend to send a message for the midterm elections – If you're lying to your constituents just to get their votes; if you're pandering to an issue that we can prove you truly don't believe in; if you about-face after poll results (which is proof of you not believing in the issue you stood for), we will be working overtime to see to it everyone knows.

Are you listening Democrats?


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