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November 15, 2010

Among voters, Dems No. 3!

Among voters, Dems No. 3!

55% like GOP, 51% like tea party, and then ...


Whatever else President Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have done over the past two years, they have raised the profile of the Democrat Party – in a negative way. In fact, a new WND/Wenzel Poll reveals that voters like the GOP, take to the tea party just a little less, and end up putting the Democrat Party in third.

Fritz Wenzel conducted the poll Nov. 5-7 with an automated technology calling a random sampling of listed telephone numbers nationwide. It contacted 1,656 people, has a confidence interval of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.37 percentage points.

He said the results show "why Republicans made big gains in the congressional elections just past, as they held a historically unusual double-digit advantage over their Democratic Party counterparts."

The survey also shows that the tea party movement holds a favorable image among a majority of Americans, revealing why a cadre of high-profile candidates supported by the movement fared well on election day," he said.

Of those polled, 55 percent held a favorable view of the Republican Party, 51 percent had a favorable opinion of the tea party movement, and only 43 percent had a favorable opinion of Democrats.

"For Democrats, a problem has been among their own base – 15 percent of Democrats said they had a negative opinion of their own party, compared to just 9 percent of Republicans who said the same thing. In an election cycle where small margins made a big difference, this GOP advantage may have meant the flip of several 'blue dog' Democratic seats into GOP hands," Wenzel's analysis said.
"But there is no question that the underlying power of this election was the energy brought by the tea party movement, and even among Democrats, 24 percent said they held a favorable opinion of the movement. Combine that with the fact that 49 percent of independents had a positive view of the movement … and you begin to understand the historic advantage Republican candidates had," he said.

The results show regarding the Democrat Party, 44.7 percent of voters held a very unfavorable opinion, and 10.2 percent were somewhat unfavorable. The numbers for the GOP included 27.7 percent very unfavorable and 15 percent somewhat unfavorable. Even among Democrats, 23 percent held a favorable view of the GOP.

Regarding the tea party, 49 percent of independents held a favorable opinion and 24 percent of Democrats held a favorable opinion.

"While this tea party movement enjoys an overall favorable image, it is notable that the advantage is not overwhelming – which could easily explain why some Republican challengers in Democratic Party strongholds were disappointed on election day, including high-profile GOP candidates in Delaware, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington state," Wenzel said.
"Men had a significantly more positive attitude toward the tea party movement than did women – 58 percent of men had a favorable view, while 47 percent of women felt the same way."

In related questions in the poll, voters preferred former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich to challenge Obama in 2012, with support from 24 percent of Republicans and independents. Mitt Romney is second at 18 percent and Tim Pawlenty and Sarah Palin are tied at 16 percent.

Among Republicans only, Gingrich holds the support of 30 percent, Romney has 23 percent, Pawlenty has 17 percent and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann moved into fourth place with 14 percent.

Palin was the far-and-away favorite among independents, with 28 percent, followed by Gingrich and Pawlenty with 16 percent each.

"This represents something of a conundrum for potential Republican candidates in that they will have to appeal to Republicans to win the nomination, but they will have to win a substantial percentage of independent voters to defeat Obama in the general election of 2012. With such a split between the preferences of Republicans and independents, this could be the biggest challenge facing the GOP presidential field," Wenzel said.

He reported among Republicans and independents, 55 percent said it was most important that their next presidential candidate agree with them on issues, while 45 percent said it was most important that the next nominee be able to defeat Obama.


Wild Thing's comment.......

This is good news, at least for this election people finally started to wake up. I hope it continues into the next election big time.

There have to be a lot of democrats that never wanted their party to go so far to the left as it has been doing. Just as there were so many of us that did not like our own GOP catering to rino’s.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at November 15, 2010 03:47 AM


I am glad to see such support for the Tea Party. That means that the movement is supported by many independents and probably even by some Democrats. If these statistics hold or even grow by 2012, we will see another large loss for the Dems.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at November 15, 2010 09:36 AM

There are a lot of democrats that crossed over this time. They see nothing in that party to encourage them to vote for a left wing democrat. The more the "Bamie" pushes his communist agenda the farther his basic democrat base will stray away from the plantation.

Posted by: Mark at November 15, 2010 02:32 PM

Tom, I sure hope that happens. More and more seeing how far left their party has become.
If they love America imo there is no way they can
keep wanting their destroyers in office.

Posted by: Wild Thing at November 15, 2010 11:48 PM

Mark, I think that is what is happening too. Obama will learn that not all in his party are as socialist etc. as he thinks they are.

Posted by: Wild Thing at November 15, 2010 11:49 PM

I hope Romney moves down at least ten percent. If the country could see the wreck that he left Massachusetts there would be" capture or kill" warrants out on Romney. The worst thing is I know that he did not do it on purpose. He was hopelessly incompetent.

Posted by: Avitar at November 17, 2010 12:13 AM