Likely voters in battleground districts see extremists as having a more dominant influence over the Democratic Party than they do over the GOP.At a time when the GOP are fielding candidates like Sharron Angle, Christine O'Donnell and Rand Paul - candidates whose views are so extreme that they refuse to be interviewed by anyone other than Fox News - I find it incomprehensible that people would view the Democrats as the extremists.
This result comes from The Hill 2010 Midterm Election Poll, which found that 44 percent of likely voters say the Democratic Party is more dominated by its extreme elements, whereas 37 percent say it’s the Republican Party that is more dominated by extremists.
The revelations in a survey of 10 toss-up congressional districts across the country point to problems for Democrats, who are trying to motivate a disillusioned base and appeal to independents moving to the GOP ahead of the Nov. 2 election.More than one in every five Democrats (22 percent) in The Hill’s survey said their party was more dominated than the GOP by extreme views. The equivalent figure among Republicans is 11 percent.
At a time when the Republican party are fielding candidates from the lunatic fringe, I can't even begin to understand how this label is being applied to the Democrats.
“That’s real trouble for Democrats,” said Jim Kessler, co-founder of the Third Way, a centrist Democratic think tank.
“All the press coverage has been about how these Tea Party candidates are fringe ideologues, and there have been high-profile examples of them proving the point,” he added. “Yet, still at this moment, you have independents saying, ‘I think the Democrats are a little more extreme than the Republicans.' "
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