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One month before the election, the Republican brand has sustained a severe hit, according to the new ABC News/Washington Post polls. Voters aren't thrilled with the Democratic Party, but compared to the GOP, well:
Favorability chart for political parties
The favorability ratings for both the GOP and the tea party are totally underwater, with just 39 percent approving of the GOP and 32 percent liking the tea party. Among self-identified party members, Democrats have a five-point edge over Republicans in favorability, 89 percent of Democrats are positive, versus 84 percent of Republicans. And here's where it gets interesting.
The difference is that 32 percent of Americans in this survey identify themselves as Democrats, vs. 25 percent as Republicans, levels that have held essentially steady the past three years. That’s down for the GOP, which achieved parity with the Democrats in 2003 but has lost ground since. (Independents now predominate, accounting for 39 percent in this survey.)

Intensity of sentiment is another challenge for the Republican Party: Substantially more Americans see it “strongly” negatively than strongly positively, 33 percent vs. 18 percent, while the Democratic Party breaks even (28 percent on both sides).
On the other hand, because fewer Democrats are registered to vote, the Democratic Party slips among registered voters to 48-46 percent, favorable-unfavorable, essentially an even split. The GOP, though, remains underwater among registered voters, 42-53 percent.

Goal ThermometerGoverning does matter, something Republicans have seemed to have forgotten. Endless obstruction, mindless devotion to Grover Norquist, disdain for huge swaths of the population, and litmus tests that create presidential candidates like Mitt Romney have turned out to be major turn-offs for American voters. Go figure.

So while the GOP is underwater, let's throw them an anvil. Let's get the House back.

Please give $1 to each of the House candidates in our Speaker Pelosi Project.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 07:58 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Not volunteering, get out there! (9+ / 0-)

    Even if its just walking your block where you live for just one night and one night only. Get out there and talk to people.

    Time to shift into 5th gear and leave these morons in the dust, to show them what a true mandate from the electorate means.

    --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

    by idbecrazyif on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 08:10:15 AM PDT

  •  This is the perfect set-up (12+ / 0-)

    for taking control of Congress, if we can leverage people to get and stay excited about turning out for down-ticket races. There's a lot of good news coming out on this front this week, between voter registration success and voters recognizing the need to eliminate gridlock in DC.

    "Nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel." -Sepp Herberger

    by surfbird007 on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 08:14:01 AM PDT

  •  Stick your principles guyz....I think your message (7+ / 0-)

    is finally reaching John Q Public.

  •  You know its bad when you poll seven points worse (10+ / 0-)

    than the teabaggers. Does anyone want to point out to baggers that they are the direct ideological descendants of the people who opposed those founding fathers in tricorner hats (the Tories)? Nah.

    Let's go back to E Pluribus Unum

    by hazzcon on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 08:39:49 AM PDT

  •  I appreciate updates on House races, (7+ / 0-)

    and would like a run-down if possible on close races throughout the country, from whomever does those at DailyKos.

    I think, therefore I am. I think.

    by mcmom on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 08:42:19 AM PDT

  •  The GOP is finished (9+ / 0-)

    The GOP is finished as a national party unless they can compete for the votes of women and minorities.

    And I don't see how they can do that without losing their base of low-IQ Southern white males.

    Seriously, they'll never win the White House again without major, major changes. In 2016 the economy will be better and the demographics will be even worse for the GOP. In 2020, worse demographics still. This was the year they had to give up on the white-males-only model, and they couldn't do it.

    •  Sorry, they can and will change (1+ / 0-)
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      Chitown Kev

      They will not change enuff to make us like them. But they will change. This year's election is the final showdown for the kraziest of the angry old white men. But by 2016 they will have made a few changes. Not sure what or who or how, but they will change.

      So they will probably do much better next time. The scary part of that prediction is that for the past 60 years or so, usually Americans like to alternate the parties in the White house - two terms of Repubs, then two terms of Democrats.

    •  Not sure that's true, they come back like (0+ / 0-)

      Frankestein's monster.

      Evil is persistent and the TGOP are evil.

      The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

      by a2nite on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 12:35:37 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  The GOP is not finished. (1+ / 0-)
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      DSPS owl

      And you might remember they made similar pronouncements regarding the death of Liberalism in the late 80s and early 90s. Let us not get too complacent. Let's not rest on our laurels.

      By 2016, more of the old guard will have retired and/or died off. Unless the remaining middle-aged and young neo-conservatives have a true change of heart, they'll be around and will be every bit as vicious and crazed as now, if not moreso.

      What they'll do is develop new techniques, new avenues of influence and new resources to mold the politically-ignorant masses in their likeness. Ignorance is their friend. Education, ours.
      We will have to develop our own ways and means to educate low-information citizens and to expose appeals from the Right rooted in bigotry and hatefulness quicker, easier and more widespread. Better yet, we need to teach the low-info voter how to discern for her/himself and inspire within them the desire to.

      The GOP is far from finished. We need to keep them and their ways in the brightest light of day- not to destroy them, but to coax them back toward the middle of the spectrum to fully partake in the balance once enjoyed in this country- to restore bipartisan spirit and workmanship to our Congress and, hopefully, to restore polite civility to the lion's share of our political discourse.

      And unicorns. I want unicorns.

      I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

      by Gentle Giant on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 12:59:49 PM PDT

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    • (0+ / 0-)

      Never underestimate the power of tribalism.

      I grew up in a Chevy household.  Is there much difference between a Chevy and a Ford?  Not really.  But for one reason or another, I've never purchased a Ford.

      Oregon:'s cold. But it's a damp cold.

      by Keith930 on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 01:10:41 PM PDT

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    •  I agree (5+ / 0-)

      I've been repeating the same thing.  I was raised in Republican household.  As a national party, they've  screwed the pooch.

      What's been fun is hearing the various reasons why moderate former republican types give for their personal defection from the party.

      One surprising reason I've heard lately: the impeachment of Bill Clinton.

      For years, Republicans seem to avoid paying any fallout for impeaching our most beloved President for a personal affair.  But for many people, a line was crossed.  It's so common these days to hear former or current Republicans speak about the impeachment with embarrassment.  They should be embarrassed.  But the bigger impact is with future recruits.  Who wants to join the party that impeached someone for sex?  Not the youth.

      Another reason: the fight against gays.

      Older voters might not appreciate the long-term damage the Republican party has done to itself.  They seem to think people will continue to be born with the same percentages of bigots and haters.  But the truth is many voters have now grown up with one of our parties attacking their friends.  Being gay is ok these days.  The younger you are, the more you understand that being gay is not an affront to others.  

      Final coffin nail:  motivating women regarding choice.

      Republican strategy is to pretend nothing ever changes; the rich will always be respected, women will still vote the way of their men, gays will always be hated, and Lib-rulls will also be less liked.  

      I've come to the same conclusion as you; without women or latinos, how does the GOP survive.  Answer: they don't nationally have much chance.  But their hate will keep them from seeing the reality of their predicament.

      To sum it up, the GOP has been doing everything it can not to appeal to younger voters.  Younger voters are growing up, and with them come Democratic majorities.  As this happens, the GOP flips out more, hoping that by being ever more scandalous and outrageous they'll squeak out another win, and buy some more time.  Most of them don't understand the battles their losing.  

      What's that great saying?  "Pass the popcorn!"  :)

      The symbol for the Republican party shouldn't be an elephant -- it should be a unicorn.

      by Deadicated Marxist on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 01:38:24 PM PDT

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  •  Because their real message is getting out (2+ / 0-)
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    Fury, kbman

    there is nothing to hide behind. Tax cuts for the rich and every one else can go to the devil.

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 12:34:52 PM PDT

  •  Around NE Ohio Billboards Lead Off With "Democrat" (0+ / 0-)

    whereas there aren't any signs I'm seeing that bear the words "Republican" or "GOP."

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 12:35:27 PM PDT

  •  I'm amazed that the Democratic party has a net (0+ / 0-)

    favorable rating.

    Not at all amazed at Republicans unfavorable.

    Must admit to being frightened for the country that anybody has wam fuzzies for either party.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 12:37:36 PM PDT

  •  Joan-Can we expand this list to 25? (1+ / 0-)
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    17 will not get us SPEAKER PELOSI! Thanks. Just contributed but we need 25!

    I am pro-life. Bring our troops home ALIVE!

    by Doc Allen on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 12:37:37 PM PDT

  •  Let's see. I see how rotten the GOP has become, (2+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant, kbman

    and I shake my head. Then I go and vote Republican anyway.

    Please doctor, can you prescribe me something?

    "To hunt a species to extinction is not logical."--Spock, in Star Trek IV.

    by Wildthumb on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 12:38:35 PM PDT

  •  This poll is skewed lol (0+ / 0-)

    GOP: The Party of Acid rain, Abortion of the American Dream, and Amnesty for Wall Street.

    by Attorney at Arms on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 12:42:48 PM PDT

  •  What a difference two years make (1+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant people's opinions about the teabags.I knew from day one they were just extremist republicans.

  •  One in three (0+ / 0-)

    Americans view a bunch of racist, bigoted, mean, right wing nut jobs favorably and we are calling that a victory?

    •  One in three view them that way because they (0+ / 0-)

      don't know any better or they ARE Teapartiers. They view themselves very favorably.

      I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

      by Gentle Giant on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 01:04:06 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Just released on Milwaukee J-S website (1+ / 0-)
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    Deadicated Marxist

    Wisconsin:  Marquette U. poll    Obama 53-Romney 42

                                                      Baldwin 48-Thompson 44

    Freepers already in a tizzy--poll biased--blah blah blah.

    They can't explain away that in the same poll--Gov Walker 52 percent approval and keeping the collective bargaining law in place favored 49-44.
    They also pooh-pooh based on the fact that Obama is coming to Madison and that shows that the polls are wrong!

  •  Donated to all of them (1+ / 0-)
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    Deadicated Marxist

    This is a great ActBlue project.

  •  but, but, but (0+ / 0-)

    OVERSAMPLING. harumph.

  •  Oh, I see where this is going -- (1+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant

    How long until the Republicans start rebranding themselves as the "Independent Party?"

    Oh shut up and tax the rich.

    by stuntfrau on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 12:53:07 PM PDT

    •  According to their current bent, they'd rebrand (0+ / 0-)

      themselves as "Almighty God's Founding Father-Favored True American Patriot Unerring Truth Party". AGFFFTAPUT Party, for short.

      I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

      by Gentle Giant on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 01:06:54 PM PDT

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  •  How does the Tea Party (4+ / 0-)

    get it's own spot in a party poll?

    They aren't a party, they are a wing of the GOP.

    I guess progressives need to start their own sub brand.

    It's be nice to see how a brand devoted to single payer, campaign finance reform, ending wars (including that on drugs) and the death penalty reflects on larger party approval.

    Supporter: "Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person!" Adlai Stevenson: "That's not enough, madam, we need a majority!"

    by Scott Wooledge on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 12:54:44 PM PDT

    •  You're more right than you know (1+ / 0-)
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      Scott Wooledge

      Or maybe you do know.

      Even though I'm a Dem, I believe multiple parties would be good for us.  To that end, I've given this subject some thought.

      There's only one way a 3rd party will ever survice in America; with a 4th party.  

      In other to make a 3rd party, the two main groups will have to be split; at the same time.  If they're not both split, then the non-splitting party always wins.  They know this as well.  And it makes it very hard to start a 3rd party.

      For two new parties to start at the same time, they'd have to coordinate effectively.  It would also cost them millions of dollars.

      The symbol for the Republican party shouldn't be an elephant -- it should be a unicorn.

      by Deadicated Marxist on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 01:43:01 PM PDT

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      •  I mean, this polling scenario (1+ / 0-)
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        Deadicated Marxist

        splits the party structure into three segments: the Centrist-(ish), the Far Right and the Batshit Crazy Right.

        And we wonder why the Overton window only moves right?

        Supporter: "Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person!" Adlai Stevenson: "That's not enough, madam, we need a majority!"

        by Scott Wooledge on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 01:47:47 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Part of why Romney/GOP are losing badly (3+ / 0-)

    I just got yet another mailer from the Romney campaign, the fourth or fifth I've gotten this year. He doesn't stand a chance in hell of winning my state so it's a money ask-a BIG one (up to $78,800). For some reason he seems to believe that I am "one of America's most notable [and therefore richest] Republicans":

    Great research department there Mitt!

    Another reason he's losing:


    Too cheap to include a prepaid bulk class mail envelope!

    He believes in America--except when it comes to his wallet!

    Also, I love where he likely gets this line:

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 12:54:55 PM PDT

    •  He's Not Too Cheap To Include Prepaid Envelopes... (0+ / 0-)

      ...he already has enough bits of tile and shingle to refurbish his car elevator and doesn't need people to mail him any more.

      On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

      by stevemb on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 12:58:34 PM PDT

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    •  Does the letter actually (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      look like that?

      That's really bad. REALLY bad. You'd think they'd at least jazz it up a bit. Hell, I get way better looking stuff from places trying to sell me hearing aids (which I don't need). I get more interesting looking letters from local car dealerships.

      25 yrs ago, that would look really good. Professional. Impressive.

      It's not 1980 anymore.

      At least not in this world. Not sure about RomneyWorld.

  •  Would donate but that is a zoo... (0+ / 0-)

    to have to divide it up 25 ways! Come on do better!

    DEMOCRACY is a Relay Race... and you pass the baton by VOTING! So don't vote for OBAMA, VOTE for M&M's, MEDICARE and MIDDLECLASS

    by LOrion on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 12:55:45 PM PDT

  •   (0+ / 0-)

    People aren't buying the "batshit crazy" anymore. I don't know...I think it's like trying to communicate with a patient waking up from a coma. You just keep saying "remember me"? "how many fingers am I holding up"? After awhile they start to recognize you and the brain starts to funtion again. It's only taken 8 years or so!!

  •  Note To Fox News (0+ / 0-)

    Start putting "Joeblow Whazzisname (D)" chyrons on all coverage of GOP candidates, even in cases where they aren't in the news for stupidity or criminality.

    On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

    by stevemb on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 12:56:12 PM PDT

  •  I know the brand is tanking but why does (1+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant

    the country keep electing so goddamn many of them?

    They are favored to win the House (but not at Princeton EC!)

  •  Republican brand tanking with electorate (1+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant

    Excuse me while I dance a little jig of despair.

    "I'm sorry, I have no pithy, insightful, enlightening quote for my signature." --- Me

    by liberalagogo on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 01:01:53 PM PDT

  •  Compared to (1+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant

    And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why is totally and completely stupid fantasy.

    Unskewed Polls claim:

    ...the expected partisan make up of the electorate expected for this year's election is 34.8 percent Republicans, 35.2 percent Democrats and 30.0 independents.
    What they don't get  is that the electorate is fickle, and they switch parties more than most wish.  "The DNC and Obama can lock down the Latino vote for a generation?"  Put Rubio on the ballot and let's see how far that and a cup of coffee gets us.  You can't take any facet of the electorate for granted; you must constantly connect with them, woo them.  It's going to be a pleasure watching Republicans re-learn that lesson this year.  But please please let's not forget it as Democrats.

    Minority rights should never be subject to majority vote.

    by lostboyjim on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 01:06:49 PM PDT

  •  The issue is dependability. (0+ / 0-)

    Republicans and their Teabagging disciples solely focus on pushing their ideology due to money. The ideas of their billionaire benefactors have built the modern RW party. As a result, the GOP politicians let their constituents twist in the wind.

    But what do you expect when the minds of Limbaugh, Rove, Atwater, Breitbart and Hannity influence the behavior of the party?

    Grade-school bullying mixed with an authoritarian machismo becomes the replacement for sound leadership and strong governing.

    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

    by politicalceci on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 01:19:30 PM PDT

  •  The Republicans and the baggies know very well (0+ / 0-)

    they don't need a majority to get their agenda into law.  They've done right smart as a minority.  Minority status is their red badge of courage.

    People think elections are the start of political business.  Actually, elections are the results of political business.  The 2010 elections should have made that clear.

    Acceleration is a thrill, but velocity gets you there

    by CarolinNJ on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 01:31:04 PM PDT

  •  My bumper sticker reads.. (0+ / 0-)

    (with a small donkey on top)

    "We're not perfect, but they are Nuts"

    A gift from a friend

    Do not adjust your mind, there is a flaw in reality.

    by Shrew in Shrewsbury on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 01:41:57 PM PDT

  •  Who are the 39%?! (0+ / 0-)

    OMG who are the idiots still buying into the trash those idiots are attempting to sell?!  Guess there really is no cure for STUPID is there?

  •  Posted to Facebook with the following comment (1+ / 0-)
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    Thank goodness people are waking up to how the GOP has played politics with the nation's well being. There are also multiple polls which have found that the American public is tired of gridlock and believes that more progress can be made if one party controls the White House and both houses of Congress. The modern Republican party has become so extreme and so unwilling to compromise or work in any constructive manner with Democrats that they must be punished at the polls. This election MUST be an enormous mandate for change - change that favors the little guy for a change. Change that we thought was coming in 2008 before it became clear that the Republicans in the Senate had other plans.

    They claim that Obama had a Democratic Congress for two years and therefore is responsible for everything between 2009 and 2010. What they leave out is the fact that the Republicans had enough votes to sustain filibusters for all but two months in the summer of 2009, a time when the Senate is largely in recess and when all the town hall insanity over health care reform was going on. And the Republicans in the Senate used that filibuster an overwhelming record number of times. They also wielded the threat of it to water down anything the president tried to get accomplished - the stimulus package being the most glaring example.

    Why only 2 months, (actually only 7 weeks) ? Because the GOP fought the recount of Al Franken's win in Minnesota as long as they possibly could. This kept him from being seated until July 7, 2009. And a little over a month later, on August 25th, Ted Kennedy died, putting the Republicans back into their obstructionist's driver's seat. Their claim that Obama could get anything he wanted passed for two years is simply another GOP LIE.

    The GOP Supreme Commander, Rush Limbaugh, declared in January 2009 that he wanted President Obama to fail, and his foot soldiers in Congress did everything they could to bring that about. This included a well-documented meeting in which the GOP leadership agreed on their plan to obstruct as much of the president's agenda as they possibly could. Their priority was to cast President Obama as a failure and put him out of his job. Unfortunately for all of us, for the president to fail required that America fail as well, and if that meant that millions of Americans needed to remain out of jobs themselves, well so be it. This is why the Republicans blocked as much government spending as they possibly could - to prevent it from stimulating the economy, creating new jobs, and thus taking away the issue they were planning on running on in 2010 and 2012. They preferred sabotaging America's economic recovery to allowing the president to preside over a period of economic growth. Many view this as treasonous, myself included. (And BTW - the same Republicans screaming about the deficit are the ones who voted for George Bush's unfunded wars and budget busting tax cuts for the wealthy. They only opposed government spending when Democrats hold the White House.)

    Free: The Authoritarians - all about those who follow strong leaders.

    by kbman on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 01:50:28 PM PDT

  •  If it's tanking, why is this race a statistical (0+ / 0-)


    Why is it so close and getting closer in FL and other required states?  

    Just askin'.

    Progressives will win only when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive. And... It’s the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by auapplemac on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 01:55:07 PM PDT

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