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  •  What's worse? (4+ / 0-)

    27% approval among Republicans [Obama], or 27% approval overall [Bush]?  

    This finding isn't about Obama, it's about the isolation of Republicans.  It'd be a judgment about Obama if independents leaned toward Republicans, but since independents are much closer to Democrats the poll tells us how out of touch with the mainstream Republicans are.  Think any of us will ever live to hear that conclusion in the corporate media?

    Dear Republicans: You can't repeat a lie enough to make it true.

    by Dallasdoc on Mon Apr 06, 2009 at 12:16:23 PM PDT

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    •  This is consistent with the fact that they are (0+ / 0-)

      no longer a national political party, as many of their own have publicly observed.

      The difference between ignorance and apathy? I don't know, and I don't care.

      by pjeans on Mon Apr 06, 2009 at 01:57:34 PM PDT

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    •  Always more out of the mainstream (0+ / 0-)

      Taking 'mainstream' as a synonym for 'independent' (which is a debatable assumption), it's interesting to break the numbers down this way:

      PresidentR-ID-I
      Obama-30+31*
      Bush+31-20
      Clinton-21+24*
      Bush+31-7
      Reagan+26-20
      Carter-14+11
      Nixon+19-10

      The difference between the Republican and Independent is greater than the difference between the Democratic and Independent in all these polls, except for Clinton and Obama.

      If you assume that 'mainstream' is 'total', you get a pretty similar picture:

      PresidentR-MD-M
      Obama-32+29
      Bush+32-19
      Clinton-23+22
      Bush+23-15
      Reagan+27-19
      Carter-16+9
      Nixon+19-10

      except that now the Republicans are always further from the mainstream than the Democrats.

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