Friday, October 15, 2010

POLL: Voters more likely to see Democrats as dominated by extremists.

I find this simply unbelievable.

Likely voters in battleground districts see extremists as having a more dominant influence over the Democratic Party than they do over the GOP.

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 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.

“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.' "

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.

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daveawayfromhome said...

I cant help but wonder if that kind of poll question cannot help but be inaccurate. I mean, the more extreme elements on either side will accuse those on the other side of being extreme, while those more moderate thinkers will be likely to avoid making such an extreme statement, in which case more on the Right would say that the Left is more extreme, despite all appearances of reality.
It could just as easily be a poll to see who would make the most extreme statements about the opposition.

daveawayfromhome said...

Or maybe not, because the Republican Party definitely seems to be dominated by Teh Crazy. Maybe America is simply dominated by idiots.

Oh, wait...

Steel Phoenix said...

This shouldn't be a contest to see who can be the least extreme.

1. We have been alternating our leadership between our two most moderate parties.

2. Our system is screwed up.

3. People want change

How this lead people to vote for a Democrat to enforce change, being down on extremism, or thinking either party is extremist is completely beyond me.

I guess if you define extremism as being against the status quo, then that was Obama's primary campaign slogan.

If you define extremism as being the least aligned with the views of the populace, then the result may just be the same. Democrats have been hemorrhaging approval ratings all year.

Either way, I see this poll as a corporate attempt at maintaining the status quo through framing the election as a battle against change.

Kel said...

I find it simply baffling, SP.