Thursday, May 14, 2009

“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”

Power Line, comments on the many reports of the end of the GOP. GOP, RIP? So how are the people viewing the Democrats after 100 (plus) days? Not so good.
Actually, since [November] our news media have studiously averted their eyes from the main change in voters' perceptions of the parties--a growing sense of dismay at the havoc Democrats are wreaking in Washington.

This proposition is well illustrated by this chart, prepared on the basis of Rasmussen surveys between October 2008 and May 2009 by Yuval Levin at the Corner.
The table in Levin's article follows:
 October 2008May 2009 
IssueDemGOPDiffDemGOPDiffCumulative Shift
Economy51%38%1344%43%1 (12)
Govt Ethics40%30%1040%29%11 1
National Sec.47%44%341%48%(7)(10)
Education53%34%1949%36%13 (6)
Healthcare54%34%2053%35%18 (2)
Social Security49%37%1248%39%9(3)

For the most part these are statistically significant changes.

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