A Bloomberg National poll released on Tuesday has a lot of data to comprehend, but on the biggest question asked by pollsters this year, would you support a Democrat or Republican in Congress, Democrats come out on top, 42%-40%.
However, when it's broken down among "motivated" voters, the results are much more favorable for Republicans, with the GOP taking a 5 1%-37% lead. And among those who say the election is "exceptionally important," 55% of Republicans share that view, compared to 41% for independents and 35% for Democrats.
Also, 55 percent of Republicans say the election is exceptionally important, compared with 35 percent of Democrats and 41 percent of independents.
The poll also shows what has been a common thread throughout the year - that folks consider the GOP the "lesser of two evils," in 2010, but they're hardly in love with the party. From the article, written by Bloomberg's John McCormick:
The poll finds Republicans in an anomalous position -- poised to make political gains while the party and its policies are unpopular. That stands in contrast to midterm elections in 1994 and 2006, when the insurgent party gained congressional control after polls showed voter attitudes tilting toward them.
In the Bloomberg Poll, nearly half of likely voters -- 49 percent -- said they had an unfavorable view of the Republicans. Democrats have a narrow advantage on favorability, 47 percent to 45 percent.
Again, more evidence that this country needs a viable third, fourth and fifth parties to compete for "the marketplace of ideas." The Tea Party has been instrumental in changing the politics of our country, but their channel is still the Republican party.
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